Who else is melting in this California heatwave?? I wish I had thought of this genius combination of granita and ice cream, but alas I did not. That credit must go to Sketch in Berkeley, California, where they combine different granita flavors with soft serve ice cream. Brilliant. I’ve added my own twist by making a red wine granita– couldn’t be easier or more refreshing!

Red Wine granita with vanilla ice cream

Start by preparing the granita. Pour half a bottle of red wine (I used a Malbec) into a large baking dish. In a small pot melt the sugar with the water until dissolved. Add the sugar water to the wine and mix to combine. Place in the freezer.

Red wine granita

After about 1 hour, or when you start to see ice crystals form on the edges. Using a fork, scrap the icy edges to the center of the mixture. Repeat this process every 30 minutes until you get a whole tray of ice crystals.

Scraping granita

The whole process should take about 4 hours. You could even do this the day before and simply assemble the granita before serving. Resist the urge to plant your entire face in the granita. (How gorgeous is the color of the granita? They look like little rubies!)

Red Wine Granita

To assemble the granita, combine one scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in a small glass with a heaping spoonful of the red wine granita.

Red wine granita and vanilla ice cream

Serve quickly before it all melts.

Red wine granita

You could even serve the red wine granita on top of vanilla panna cotta or budino.

Red wine granita with vanilla ice cream

Or, simply enjoy it on its own.

Red wine granita bite

Red Wine Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle of red wine
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream

Directions:

  • Pour half a bottle of wine in a large baking dish.
  • In a small pot, heat the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar-water mixture into the baking dish and combine with the wine.
  • Place in the freezer and after one hour scrape the sides with a fork, bringing the ice crystals to the middle. Repeat this process every 30 minutes. The whole process takes around 4 hours.
  • To assemble the dessert, place one scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in a small glass and top with heaping spoonfuls of the granita.

(images by HonestlyYUM)