Looking to cool off on a hot summer night? Try granita, an icy dessert that is easy to make and requires no time in front of the stove.

Originally from Sicily, granita is a shaved ice treat made from sweet, ripe fruit that’s puréed and frozen. Ours tastes like white sangria and includes a generous pour of Moscato for the 21-and-over crowd.

Serve yourself this adults-only snow cone and let the kids have all the ice cream — at least for tonight.

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Boozy White Sangria Granita

2 ripe peaches or nectarines, peeled and pitted

6 strawberries, hulled (divided, 2 for garnish)

A pinch of salt

¼ cup sugar

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1 Tbs. triple sec

½ cup cold water

2 cups sweet Moscato, preferably flat

Buzz four of the strawberries and everything else in a blender until smooth. Pass the purée through a fine mesh strainer, pushing it through with the back of a spoon, if necessary. Pour into a 9” x 13” baking pan. Skim the foam from the top, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight or for 12 hours.

Once frozen solid, scrape the surface with a fork to form flakes of granita. Mash larger pieces to break them apart. Work quickly to avoid melting, but if it starts to thaw, place back in freezer for 30-60 minutes.

Slice remaining strawberries. Serve granita in chilled bowls or glasses and garnish with strawberry slices.

Makes 6 cups

25 minutes plus time to freeze overnight 

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