Tart grapefruit and pungent rosemary make a refreshing, if unexpected, combination. Makes 3 cups.
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
• 2 4-inch sprigs fresh rosemary
• 2/3 cup orange muscat wine such as Quady Essencia or other white dessert wine (optional)
• Rosemary sprigs for garnish
1. In a medium saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add grapefruit juice and rosemary sprigs and bring to a simmer. Remove pan from the heat, cover, and steep for 10 to 30 minutes, or until mixture has reached desired rosemary flavor. Remove rosemary sprigs and let mixture cool completely.
2. Stir in wine, then freeze in ice cube trays until solid. When ready to serve, pulse 6 frozen granita cubes in a blender or food processor until mixture forms coarse crystals. Continue adding granita cubes until all the cubes have been processed. Serve immediately, garnished with fresh rosemary sprigs.
—George Mahaffey, chef, Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician, Phoenix, Arizona
Sally King is a contributing editor for Bon Appétit and lives in Virginia, where granitas are most welcome in summer. The granita recipes she presents here can often be found on the menus of her favorite restaurants.
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