Maybe it’s the fact that my body barely sees sunlight anymore or that the A/C has given out in my car, but this heat wave is kicking my butt! Maybe you’re saying “but Priya, you’re Indian, you should be used to the heat” or “it’s better than the winter weather!” And I completely agree with you – I DO love the heat! I love the way it feels on my skin and for most days the AC stays off in our house, but sometimes a girl’s gotta stay cool.
This hot weather takes me back to Barcelona. We had been walking all day, making it all the way over to La Sagrada Famila. There was no shade in sight and I could feel the sun burning the tops of my feet. We found a little restaurant for lunch where we could sit to watch tourists walk by and mopeds zipped past. We sat under an umbrella and were grateful for a brief escape from the relentless sun. We were thirsty and big glass of sangria was all too tempting. We might have drank it too quickly, and the second round went down quicker than the first. The patatas bravas with garlic aioli and fried calamari offered us the fuel we would need to trek back to our place.
The sangria was ruby red in colour with small slices of orange and lime floating in the concoction. Condensation drops formed on the glasses by the time it arrived to our table. I suddenly realized how thirsty I was – my mouth dry like sandpaper. It went down smooth. It was strong and slightly sweet and the bottom of the glass appeared far quicker than I’d like to admit.
This red wine sangria granita is a colder, slushy-er version of that Spanish sangria. The ice crystals melt on your tongue and the sweetness of the orange and strawberry linger long after. It’s basically a boozy slushie for adults that melts into another boozy drink, so 2 birds 1 stone? You’re welcome!!
Pour the red wine into a freezable container and add the lime zest. Simmer the orange juice and strawberries with the sugar over the stove then strain into the container with the wine. Freeze and fork it every 2 hours until ice crystals form.
Little tip – don’t use your good wine for this recipe! Save your good stuff for the drinking and use the inexpensive bottle in the back of your liquor cabinet for this recipe
Try scooping it over vanilla ice cream for a sweeter dessert. Honestly Yum does it here and it’s become one of my favourite dinner party desserts when your guests are too full for dessert but can’t say no to something sweet.
- 750 ml red wine
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 1 orange
- 10 strawberries
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- mint sprigs and strawberries for garnish
- Pour the red wine in a freezable container along with the lime zest.
- Simmer the orange juice, strawberries and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool and strain into the container with the red wine.
- Place in the freezer and scrape the ice crystals every 2 hours with a fork until the liquid is frozen and only ice crystals remain.
- Place the granita in glasses and garnish with mint sprigs and strawberries.
- Serve immediately!