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Moscato Grape Granita
You can make this granita without the Dubonnet Rouge for an alcohol free version.
- 2 lbs. Melissas Black Moscato Grapes
- 1/2 cup Dubonnet Rouge
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- Simple Syrup - combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool. You will have extra simple syrup - place in a container and refrigerate. Use to sweeten ice tea lemonade or in a cocktail!
Stem the grapes and place them in a blender or food processor. Puree grapes. Drain the grape mixture through a mesh strainer, pressing down on the solids to release as much juice as possible. This should yield about 3 cups of juice!
I a bowl or 4 cup measuring cup add the juice, 1/2 cup Dubonnet Rouge and 2 Tablespoons cooled simple syrup. Stir to combine. Taste and add more simple syrup if needed. The mixture should be sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I used 1/4 cup, but remember how much you need will depend upon how sweet your grapes are! Pour mixture into a 8 x 8 metal or glass baking pan. Freeze for 1 hour.
Remove pan and, using a fork, scrape the surface and edges to release and flake the frozen mixture. Return the pan to the freezer and freeze for another hour. Remove and scrape again - your goal is to create shard/chucks about 1/4 of an inch. Return the pan to the freezer and freeze for another hour. Remove the pan and scrape again with a fork. By now, the majority of the mixture should be frozen and should have a slushie like texture. If liquid still remains, return the pan to the freezer and scrape again after freezing for another hour.
NOTE: the addition of the alcohol will allow the mixture to remain somewhat soft so it will not achieve a hard freeze - which is a good thing! After all the liquid is frozen, scrape again to "fluff up" the granita. Using a large spoon gently spoon 1/2 cup of the granita into each serving bowl or glass. Makes 8 1/2 cup servings.
Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.7mg