Mulled wine granita. French Country Collections parfait glass $38 for four. Photo / Babiche Martens

Mulled Wine Granita

Hot summer days call for icy desserts with a refreshing kick

When you think of mulled wine, it’s usually associated with cold winter nights or apres-ski. In this recipe, I have frozen it and transformed it into a granita, perfect for summer weather. Served in mini glasses, it is a delicious palate cleanser between courses, or serve it as a light dessert.

MULLED WINE GRANITA RECIPE 
Serves 10

1 bottle red wine
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick cinnamon
4 whole cloves
Peel from 1 orange
1 star anise

1. Into a medium-sized pot place the red wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, orange peel and star anise. Slowly bring to a simmer stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Strain liquid, then pour into a shallow dish that can go into the freezer. Freeze for five or six hours or overnight.

3. Remove from the freezer and using a fork scrape the granita towards you to create the icy goodness. Refreeze until ready to serve.

4. Serve in pretty glasses as dessert or a little between courses as a palate cleanser.

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