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Strawberry-Champagne Granita with Macerated Berries

Red wine and strawberries? Yes, please!

You definitely don’t need flour to have a decadent, delicious dessert. This boozy frozen fruit granita will satisfy any sweet cravings you have this Passover season.

This recipe is courtesy of Andrew Zimmern.


For the Strawberry-Champagne Granita:

  • 1 1/2 Pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 750 -milliliter bottle chilled rosé Champagne
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the Macerated Berries:

  • 2 Quarts freshly picked strawberries, hulled and washed
  • 750 -milliliter bottle dry red Italian wine (a good Chianti works well)
  • 2/3 Cups sugar, or more or less to taste
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 handful of fresh mint sprigs, secured with string


For the Strawberry-Champagne Granita:

In a medium saucepan, combine half of the strawberries with the sugar and 1/3 cup of water and bring to a simmer.

Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the strawberry mixture to a food processor.

Add the remaining strawberries and puree until smooth.

Strain the puree through a fine sieve set over a large bowl.

Add the Champagne and lemon juice; mix well.

Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass or stainless steel baking dish.

Freeze the granita for 2 hours. Scrape the frozen edges into the center. Freeze for another 3 hours, scraping hourly, until the granita is icy and flaky.

Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. (The granita can be frozen for 4 days.)

Scrape the granita into bowls and serve.

For the Macerated Berries:

Place the wine in a saucepan along with the juice, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar. Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat and add mint, stirring once.

Let rest for 1 hour to cool.

Put the berries and zest in a large bowl.

Add the wine mixture and refrigerate for 4 hours minimum.

Divide the berries into large wine glasses.

Spoon wine over the berries and serve with strawberry-champagne granita.