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3 Easy, Boozy Granitas to Cool You Down This Summer

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When summer hits, the only thing that can stop the sweat and return internal temperatures to normal is ice—boozy ice, to be precise. Frozen treats like spiked popsicles, frozen Daiquiris or other slushified cocktails are all in heavy rotation. And now we have a new icy item to add to the list: boozy granita.
 
The slushy dessert originated under the hot Sicilian sun, and spread throughout Italy, where every city has its own particular style, ranging from chunky to smooth-as-sorbet. In its purest form, granita is a simple mix of sugar, water and natural flavorings like lemon, mint or coffee. It’s easy to make (no ice cream makers required), even easier to eat and, as it turns out, a cinch to spike. Here, three boozy, refreshing granitas you can whip up in no time.

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This light, summery granita is almost too pretty to eat. It combines two essential warm-weather treats—rosé wine and vanilla ice cream—for a dessert that is simply addictive. “The crisp, refreshing finish of the rosé compliments the rich, creamy vanilla ice cream just right,” says Karen Chan of the popular food blog, HonestlyYum. “Easy to make and pretty in pink, it’s perfect for summer entertaining.” We suggest serving this boozy delight at an outdoor dinner party, holiday picnic or pretty much anytime you need a pink pick-me-up on a hot day.   

The Essentials

Rosé
Sugar
Ice cream
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When it’s really hot, you want immediate relief and can’t spare the four hours it takes for traditional granita to freeze. Enter Jaime Salas, the national ambassador of Milagro Tequila, who came up with a super-smart shortcut for making a quick, boozy version of the icy libation: Simply pour a fruity cocktail over a ton of crushed ice and eat it like a grown-up snowcone. The inspiration came from the classic, traditionally non-alcoholic Mexican dessert, raspado. “A raspado is a refreshing treat comprised of shaved ice topped off with your choice of fresh fruits, compotes or sweetened milk,” Salas says. “The Zona Rosa, named after the once popular neighborhood in Mexico City, is a take on the raspado with a twist.” What’s the twist? Tequila. “The fresh kiwi and strawberry mixes with Milagro Silver’s signature agave and citrus notes to create the ultimate summer pick me up,” he says.

The Essentials

tequila
lime juice
Strawberry purèe
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When it comes to day drinking, we’re all about low-ABV tipples, and this refreshing Aperol-spiked granita from June’s All Day in Austin, Texas, perfectly fits the bill. "I think of this as a fun adult slushie, ideal for a summer party or a pool-side refresher,” bartender Aarial Ferguson-Henderson says. “Also, at 11 percent ABV, you won't get too tipsy.” Orange juice and Aperol give this slurpable granita a double dose of sweet citrus flavor without making the drink cloying. “The bitterness from the Aperol balances the sweetness of the orange granita,” she says. “To make it even less sweet, you can always add a couple dashes of bitters.”

The Essentials

Orange juice
Sugar
Aperol

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