granita
Photo: Travis Rathbone
When you're looking for something cold and fruity to beat summer's blistering heat, consider this frozen Italian dessert with an adult twist.

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • 2 cups red Zinfandel
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar

Directions

Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

Using a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing with a spoon to extract as much juice as you can (discarding pulp).

Pour liquid into a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze 1 hour. Remove dish from freezer and stir granita with a fork to break it up, paying particular attention to edges of dish. Return granita to freezer, raking it with a fork every half hour until it is completely frozen and flaky.

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