Inspired by some of our favorite cocktail pairings, these icy granitas are drink and dessert rolled into one. The are made by slowly freezing a mixture, using a fork to break up the ice periodically. The result is a light, airy frozen treat. Simple and refreshing, they make a perfect pre- or post-dinner treat on hot summer days.
Cocktails ingredients make for refined desserts. The mint julep is already a crushed ice drink, so it's easy to imagine it as an icy, airy granita. It's an excellent dessert on Derby Day. For a light pre-dinner apertif, try a sweet-tart treat made with Ruby Red grapefruit juice and bitter Campari. Inspired by the Argentinian highball, our Coke and Fernet granita also walks the sweet-bitter line.
Wine is a great refreshing granita base. Try using a full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay matched with apple juice for a fruity, boozy dessert. Or try our sherry cardamom granita with bracing notes of black tea accenting the sherry's subtle sweetness.
The pisco sour, a classic South American cocktail of pisco and lemon juice, makes for wonderful granita. Serving it before it has completely set makes for a fun grown-up slushy.
Find all of these recipes in our collection of cocktail granita recipes.