Everyday Cooking

How to Make Granita with Leftover Wine (or Beer)

July 28, 2014

 Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Alice shows us how to use up leftover party booze in the most delicious way possible.

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Got wine left over après party? Even if it's just a little of this and that, you can make a super flavorful, refreshing granita. And no one is looking, so go ahead and mix it up -- combine red and white to make rosé if you like! Beer is good too; choose a pilsner or light ale for granita, not a hoppy IPA.

Granita is fabulous by itself or with a little whipped cream on top, or use the granita to top a scoop of vanilla ice cream; the combination of icy with creamy is dreamy.

Après Party Granita

Makes about 2 cups

1 cup red and/or white wine, or flat beer
1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar
Sweetened whipped cream for topping (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Get excited about Alice's forthcoming book Flavor Flours: nearly 125 recipes -- from Double Oatmeal Cookies to Buckwheat Gingerbread -- made with wheat flour alternatives like rice flour, oat flour, corn flour, sorghum flour, and teff (not only because they're gluten-free, but for an extra dimension of flavor, too). 



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  • Cookie
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My career was sparked by a single bite of a chocolate truffle, made by my Paris landlady in 1972. I returned home to open this country’s first chocolate bakery and dessert shop, Cocolat, and I am often “blamed” for introducing chocolate truffles to America. Today I am the James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of ten cookbooks, teach a chocolate dessert class on Craftsy.com, and work with some of the world’s best chocolate companies. In 2018, I won the IACP Award for Best Food-Focused Column (this one!).


Cookie August 24, 2015
Ewwww. 1) I serve guests and friends fine wine. "Mixing" any remaining would be about as logical as chopping up leftover filet mignon and mixing it with leftover cake. 2) Combining red and white does not make rose.
Tracie July 28, 2014
When is there ever any leftover wine!?