Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita

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 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.