Champagne Granita

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 lemons

1 (750-ml) bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine, cold

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator until cold, about 1 hour.
  2. Using the finest grater you have, lightly scrape the skin of 1 lemon, removing only the top surface of the peel. Squeeze out the juice and remove the seeds from both lemons.
  3. Open the Champagne or sparkling wine, and pour it into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch pan. Mix in the simple syrup, lemon juice, and grated zest. Place mixture into the freezer. Check after 30 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, break up any ice formed on the sides and stir into the rest of the liquid. Continue to freeze and repeat this procedure every hour for at least 3 hours. Before serving, fluff the granita by "chopping" up any clumps with the spoon or gently whisking the frozen mixture. Spoon into small glasses or cups and serve.