Like a grown-up snow cone, granita hits 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.
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.