Grape granita with grappa
SmartPoints® value per serving
4 hr 6 min
Just 4 ingredients and a few minutes of your time are all you need to make this deeply refreshing dessert. We pair the pureed grapes with grappa - an Italian brandy made from the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes left over after winemaking (Italians are not ones to waste anything!). We like that it helps keep the dessert all about grapes. The alcohol in the grappa helps to keep the granita from freezing into a rock solid, instead making it pleasantly slushy. A high-powered blender will break down the grape skins so there aren’t any “flakes”; if your blender leaves pieces of skins, you can strain the mixture if you’d like, but it is not necessary.
Red seedless grapes
4 cup(s), 1 1/2 lb, stems removed
Liquor (gin, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka, or whiskey)
⅓ cup(s), grappa or brandy
Fresh lemon juice
- In microwavable measuring cup or bowl, stir 1⁄3 cup water and sugar and microwave on High until warm, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir until sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, in small saucepan, stir 1⁄3 cup water and sugar over medium heat just until sugar dissolves.) In blender, add sugar syrup, grapes, grappa, and lemon juice and blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
- Freeze granita until frozen along edges, about 1 hour. With fork, scrape ice along edges into center of pan. Return to freezer. Repeat stirring or scraping with fork every hour until frozen, 4 to 5 hours. Using fork, scrape granita into bowls.
- Serving size: about 3⁄4 cup