Party Girl: Boozy Granitas

A small kitchen appliance exists for almost every conceivable "need" these days. I mean, a quesadilla maker, really? Party Girl wants to pull the plug and get back to basics this week with a nod to the granita.

A granita is simply a slushy, frozen dessert (or cocktail, in Party Girl's case) made by freezing liquid in a pan, then taking it out of the freezer to scrape the ice crystals with a fork every so often as they form. That's it. No fancy-pants ice cream maker involved, not even a blender. Just a pan, a fork, and some elbow grease - which actually doesn't sound so nice as part of a recipe, but the result will be delicious!

The mixologists over at Serious Eats have been kind enough to round up a dozen refreshing options for boozy granitas - everything from sophisticated Champagne to sultry tequila.

Wine and Champagne:

Sangria Granita (red), from Fine Cooking
Sangria Granita (white), from Sandra Lee
Pink Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Champagne Granita, from Bon Appétit
Champagne Granita, from Bobby Flay

Cherry Vodka Granita, from Waitrose
Lemongrass, Pineapple, and Vodka Granita, from the Toronto Star

Margarita Granita, from Everyday Food
Tequila Granita with Lychee and Yuzu Cream from Gale Gand

Liqueurs and Aperitifs:
Muscatel and Green Grape Granita from Chow
Poached Grapefruit with Grapefruit Granita (includes Campari), from Martha Stewart Living
Amaretto Coffee Granita from cdkitchen

Want more fresh entertaining ideas? Read what Party Girl was preparing last week.

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