Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita

Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita

Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita

Fragrant vanilla enhances the taste of this refreshing, slushy dessert.Ingalls Photography

Fragrant vanilla enhances the taste of this refreshing, slushy dessert. This recipe first appeared in our March 2014 issue with the story Winter's Brightest Jewel.

Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita
Fragrant vanilla enhances the taste of this refreshing, slushy dessert.
Yield: makes About 1 1/2 Quarts

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 red grapefruit, plus 2 cups juice
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 1 cup sparkling pink grapefruit soda

Instructions

  1. Purée zest, juice, sugar, vanilla, and ½ cup water in a blender. Stir in soda and pour into a 9” × 13” baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. Using the tines of a fork, stir the mixture every 30 minutes, scraping edges and breaking up any ice chunks as the mixture freezes until granita is slushy and frozen, about 3 hours.