Spiced Verjus Granita

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Author Notes: I had this bottle of verjus from Navarro Vineyards for a while before I finally popped it open because I was not quite sure what I wanted to do with it. It is so mellow and bright that I decided to make a granita.

I do not boil the mixture here because I do not want to kill the bright flavor; just dissolve sugar at room temp and let spices infuse for as long as suits you. This would be good with champagne or as a palate cleanser. Very refreshing.

Rebecca Vitale

Makes 700ml (about 3 cups)

  • 500 milliliters verjus (about 2 cups)
  • 100 grams granulated cane sugar (between 1/3 and 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3 long peppers (aka "pippali," "piplee," etc), chopped roughly -- otherwise substitute 20 whole black peppercorns
  • cold water
  1. Combine all ingredients except water in a clear glass bottle or a large bowl. Cover.
  2. Let sit at room temp several hours to overnight, swirling occasionally to dissolve sugar (bottle is convenient for shaking).
  3. Strain into a measuring cup. Discard solids. Add a balance of cold water up to 700mL.
  4. Transfer to medium/large metal bowl. Place in freezer. Check every 30min or so, scraping down icy sides to maintain even texture. Repeat every 30min until smooth and completely frozen.
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over 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Rebecca - where do you buy your verjus? Liquor store or on-line? Any suggestions where to purchase?

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

Hello-- I was gifted the bottle in the photograph, conveniently; according to [http://www.nytimes.com...], as of about 15 years ago there were 3 producers in the US. I think it's probably up by now. A cursory internet browse shows several available online and some discussion forums listing Dean & Deluca, Zabar's, Citarella, and Fairway as purveyors in NYC. I would tend to look more in the oil/vinegar section of a nicer grocery store than in a liquor store, as verjus is non-alcoholic... but it's usually produced by vintners, so who knows! They could want it sold next to their wine. I haven't noticed it in NYC in recent memory, but I also haven't been particularly looking for it. Will post back next time I find something out!

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over 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Thank you for the info. I'll check out Fairway (5 min. drive) and see what they have!

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over 1 year ago Rebecca Vitale

Rebecca is a Recipe Tester for Food52

Just saw one from Wolffer Estate (Sagaponack, NY) at Union Market for $10.99... any luck yet?