I've been looking for fun and delicious desserts to serve at summer dinner parties, and I wanted to add something cold, sweet, and great as a palate cleaner between dishes. This red wine granita is a delicious, fun and gorgeous dessert for any summer party- and it is incredibly easy to make. These are my new go-to treats for summer!
If you have some special glasses you've been meaning to show off, this recipe is the perfect place to start. You could also add chunks of fruit or edible flowers for extra decoration.
How beautiful would these be at a dessert bar? And they are SO easy to make!
As always, please enjoy any alcoholic beverage responsibly. This may be frozen- but treat it as though it was a glass of wine.
If you're thinking you'd like to try these with a lower quality wine (ahem... chuck...), I'd recommend against it. There are some delicious wines for under $10, but you'll want to make this with a wine you truly love. Making a granita out of wine tends to magnify the wine's flavor- and trust me when I say that my two dollar varietal was abysmal. I love me some cheap wine- but it has a place, and granita is not one of those places. The La Crema Oregon Pinot Noir was a delicious wine to use in a granita- I'll be trying one with a chardonnay soon!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 bottle red wine
- Heat honey and water in a pan on medium heat until honey is completely dissolved.
- Let cool.
- Add wine and water/honey mixture to a large pan (you can pre-cool the pan in the freezer for even better results)
- Add to freezer.
- Scrape mixture with a fork every 25 minutes to help add texture and create ice crystals.
- When solid and the texture you like, spoon into a glass and serve!