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Red White And Blue Granita

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Hot summer days always make me reminisce about my childhood. I remember mom and dad taking us to Old San Juan to enjoy a piragua and the ocean breeze while listening to some folkloric music. Those. Were. The. Days!

There’s no denying that the summer is definitely here and the scorching sun is brighter than ever. Now that we are adulting, I still crave having a piragua (or raspado) every now and then. Dreaming out loud, the husband agreed with me that we needed to have some this weekend.

Pretty close to a snow cone, this refreshing, thirst-quenching, patriotic Red, White and Blue Granita definitely hit the spot! For this granita to be spectacular we decided to use these two Sutter Home wines from their vast award-winning California wines variety: Sutter Home Moscato and Sutter Home White Merlot. Not into sweet wines? Check out Sutter Home award winning wine selection.

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This straightforward recipe will make an ordinary date night (or girls night in) into an extraordinary one. All you need to make 4 servings is:

Ingredients for Red, White and Blue Granita

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Red Granita:

1/4 cup simple syrup
3/4 cup Sutter Home White Merlot
2 tbps freshly squeezed lemon juice

White Granita:

1/4 cup simple syrup
3/4 cup Sutter Home Moscato
2 tbps freshly squeezed lemon juice

Blue Granita:

1/4 cup simple syrup
3 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tbps freshly squeezed lemon juice

Let’s put this all together

First, we need to make the simple syrup. For this, in a small saucepan add the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. What we want is to dissolve all the sugar. Remove the syrup from heat and let cool completely. Once it is cool completely, it’s game time!

Now, let’s make the red granita mix. In a cup (measuring cup works wonders for this) add pour the simple syrup, lemon juice, and the Sutter Home White Merlot. Stir well and pour in a freezer safe pan. Repeat this process for the white and blue granita mixes.

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Once you have the mixes in the freezer safe pans put them in a tray, trust me, this will help with any spillage when you open and close the freezer when you are checking on them. Then, we practice our patience, LOL.

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After about one hour, or when you start seeing ice crystals form on the edges of the pans. Using a fork, scrape the ice from the edges to the center of the mix. Repeat this process every 30 minutes until you get a whole tray of ice crystals. This whole process should take about 4 hours. Told you we would have to practice some patience dear grasshopper.

It’s time for magic! For me, having this granita with Sutter Home wines tele-transported me to Old San Juan listening to the pleneros hit the panderos with soul. For the hubs, he’s enjoying a refreshing treat while slowing down to be present in this moment.

What’s your favorite Sutter Home wine?

Pretty close to a snow cone, this refreshing, thirst-quenching, patriotic Red, White and Blue Granita definitely hit the spot! 

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1 Comment

  1. Vanessa

    July 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    This looks so refreshing! My girlfriends would love this.

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