Like a grown-up snow cone, granitas and ices hit the spot on a hot summer day. Start with a syrupy base that's frozen and scrape until fluffy. Add booze, fruit, herbs, or spices to rev up the flavor.
Cherry Merlot Granita
Orange rind, orange juice, sweet cherries, and merlot are sweetened with a simple syrup and then frozen to make the refreshing summer stable. Keep a batch in your freezer and scrape off some of the flavored ice whenever you need a cool treat.