Happy New Year everyone! I hope you guys had the most wonderful New Year's eve and rang in 2014 in style! You might have noticed my long absence during the holiday season. My husband and I were home in California and had a great time with the family. Since we got back home just before New Year we didn't go party, instead we decided to stay away from the freezing cold and the crazy crowds and have a party of our own.
My husband bought 3.5 pounds of crab legs and made them with garlic butter. I made some of those yummy Sautee Brussel Sprouts with Bacon. We watched two movies and watched the Rocking Eve's show on TV. It was really wonderful.
I also made some of these Champagne Grapefruit Granita after I originally thought about making Grapefruit Champagne Sorbet. I did some research and found this yummy recipe on Natalie's Orchid Island Juice company. I changed the ingredients a little bit by using a little less champagne and adding more Grapefruite juice as I don't take champagne too well.
As we all know alcohol is harder to freeze than juice, and I must have altered the texture by changing the recipe! I've made the texture more icy than sorbet should be. It is more like shaved ice! However, it still tastes fantastic! Oh well, so I decided to keep the recipe and call it Grapefruit Champagne Granita! (Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings and originally from Sicily. I had this once in Italy, and it was delicious!)
I hope you will enjoy this New Year themed recipe. It is great for any celebration! Especially if you don't take champagne very well like us, then this is a great alternative!
- 2 1/3 Grapefruit Juice
- 2 Cups champagne
- 1 1/4 Cup sugar
- 1 1/4 Cup water
- 1 teaspoon of Lemon Zest (for decoration)
- In medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer on low heat 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for 20 minutes.
- Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a shallow pan and put in the freezer.
- After an hour or so, stir the mixture in the freezer and stir it with a fork or whisk as it turns slushy. When frozen to desired consistency, scoop into serving glasses.