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Is it summer yet?

It's hot. It's been hot for a few days in the last week, hot enough that I am now certain that ATL living probably ain't for me. Probably. I got a head start on my summer with frozen treats. Two treats from one recipe really. 

Unlike many of my friends, I have tons of leftoever alcohol from time to time. Especially red wine. I am a fan of a good pinot, but I have had some bottles that I feel won't get that much better no matter how long it stays on the shelf. Sunday night I decided to pour out a little for the sake of something sweet for me later in the week. 

I've made these red wine granitas before, but way back then (last year) my picture quality was pretty awful. Embarassingly so bad that I'm not showing those pics.

Anyhow, I've included a SUPER EASY recipe for a beautiful Red Wine Granita that can be enjoyed alone or as a topping on you favorite frozen sweets. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 c leftover red wine
  • 2 c water
  • 4-6 whole cloves
  • 1 piece of cassia bark (cinnamon stick)
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice

 

My granita as melting popsicles over vanilla bean ice cream.

METHOD

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Strain large pieces (bark, cloves, whole allspice)
  • Leave and let cool to room temperature
  • Transfer to 8x8 baking pan, cover and free flat
  • After 3 or 4 hours, scrape with a fork to create a "slushie" texture and refreeze covered
  • Repeat above right before serving. 

 

Keep in mind that there is water in this recipe...which me means ice. These don't make for great popsicles.

As you can see, this is best prepared the day before an event/dinner to ensure you get a good slushie texture and that it is frozen thoroughly. There you have it! SUPER easy and a cool treat for your hot days wherever you are. Enjoy!