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Cranberry-Champagne Granita

After serving a heavy holiday meal, I like to offer a light, refreshing dessert, like this gorgeous granita. Because it can be made ahead, there's no last-minute fuss. —Joyce Gemperlein, Rockville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    4 cups

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1-3/4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups champagne

Directions

  • Place the lime zest in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Drain and discard liquid; set the zest aside.
  • In a small saucepan, bring cranberry juice and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in champagne and lime zest.
  • Transfer to a 13x9x2-in. dish; cool to room temperature. Freeze for 1 hour; stir with a fork. Freeze 2-3 hours longer or until completely frozen, stirring every 30 minutes.
  • Stir granita with a fork just before serving; spoon into dessert dishes.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with R.W. Knudsen unsweetened cranberry juice. Look for it in the health food aisle.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 196 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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