Ravishing Rose Granita
Recipe : Granita with Van Loveren Almost Zero Ravishing Rose
Granita is a frozen desert and perfect for hot summer days. It’s a fancy adult version of a snow cone.
Making a Granita is really easy. I like it as I can make it boozy buy adding wine or vodka. I can make it sweet or add other ingredients such as basil to make it fresher.
Van Loveren has a range of almost zero (almost zero % alcohol) wine . I used the Rose in this Granita, it add a lovely colour and also some great flavour I wouldn’t have achieved with just fruit.
This takes about 3 hours to make as it’s a frozen dessert. Don’t worry its actually really easy . I will make this when we are having friends over , prep in the morning and give the mixture a stir while I am cooking other dishes. You can make this a few days before an event or keep it in the freezer for a sneaky treat.
1 X Bottle of Van Loveren Almost Zero Ravishing Rose
¾ cup sugar
8 large basil leaves, torn, plus a few extra for garnish
1/2 cup water
Dry dill or fennel
¼ cup lemon juice
0.45kg Frozen strawberries( you can use fresh)
Put a sauce pan on a high heat on the stove
Heat the sugar with 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves then add the wine and lemon juice. Make sure the sugar has totally dissolved.
Remove from the heat.
Pour the mixture into a baking tray or a plastic container. The container must be able to handle being placed in the freezer.
Chop up the frozen strawberries and some basil leaves.
Sprinkle some dried fennel or dill on top of the mixture.
Mix the herbs and strawberries into the mixture.
Place in freezer. Make sure the dish is placed flat, you don’t want the mixture to spill and stick to the sides of the freezer.
The mixture will start to harden around the edges in about 30 minutes. Scrape the mixture with a fork. Make sure to break up any hard clumps then return dish to the freezer for 2 hours, scraping the surface with a fork every 20 minutes to create a flaky texture. ( I honestly forget about it in the freezer and scrape it whenever I remember about it)
Spoon the mixture in to dessert bowls or a fancy cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh sprigs of basil or mint l.
Find out more about The Van Loveren almost Zero wine range here :
This is a great dessert if you want something that feels naughty but is actually very tame ( after Lock-down you could add wine if you feel naughty)
We may not be able to get our hands on wine (with alcohol) at the moment but there are a few good de-alcoholised options on the market.