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Sangria Granita

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Serves six to eight.

Yields about 2 cups scraped granita.

  • To learn more, read:
    Refreshing Granitas
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 59

The wine's flavor comes through intensely in this granita, so serve smaller portions

  • 3/4 cup full-bodied red wine, such as Merlot or Cabernet 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

Combine the red wine, 1/2 cup water, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the orange and lemon juice. Let cool.

Pour the wine mixture into a 9-inch-square shallow baking pan. This pan size works best ­because it provides a large surface area, a key point in speeding up the freezing process. To further hasten freezing, use a metal pan (metal conducts cold well).

Put the pan in the freezer and stir every 30 min., being sure to scrape the ice crystals off the sides and into the ­middle of the pan, until the mixture is too frozen to stir, about 3 hours, depending on the individual recipe and on how cold your freezer is (some granitas can freeze in as ­little as 1 hour). Use a large dinner fork to stir and scrape; the tines are perfect for breaking up ice crystals.

Cover the pan with plastic and freeze over­night. When ready to serve the granita, place a fork at the top of the dish and pull it toward you in rows, moving from left to right ­and rotating the pan as well. Scape up the shaved ice and fill your chilled glasses or bowls.

Sangria Granita Recipe

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 60; Fat (g): fat g 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 11; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I used the recipe exactly, using our homemade Cabernet-Barbera blend. The quality of the wine comes through the sweetness. It was a nice taste hit along with a paella. Thanks!

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