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Cranberry-Champagne Granita Recipe

Cranberry-Champagne Granita Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings


  • 3-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1-3/4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups Champagne


  • 1. Place the lime peel in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Drain and discard liquid; set the peel aside.
  • 2. 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 peel.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Stir granita with a fork just before serving; spoon into dessert dishes. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with R.W. Knudsen unsweetened cranberry juice. Look for it in the health food aisle.

Nutritional 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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