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Cherry Merlot Granita

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Cherry Merlot Granita
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 8 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 8
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Dark sweet cherries and robust merlot wine are sweetened with citrusy orange flavored syrup and frozen to make a refreshing flavored ice - a delightful cool dessert.
Updated Dec 31, 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1 cup merlot wine

Steps

  • 1
    In small saucepan, heat water and sugar to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in ice cubes.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, grate orange and squeeze juice to measure 1 tablespoon peel and 1/2 cup juice; set aside.
  • 3
    In blender, place cherries and sugar syrup. Cover; blend on high speed 1 minute or until smooth, stopping as necessary to scrape down sides. Stir in orange peel, orange juice and wine.
  • 4
    Pour mixture into 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish. Cover; freeze 8 hours or until firm. Before serving, scrape mixture with fork until fluffy.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For a nonalcoholic version, use 1 cup black cherry juice or nonalcoholic red wine in place of the merlot.

Nutrition Information

70 Calories, 0g Total Fat, 0g Protein, 12g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
70
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Sodium
1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 Other Carbohydrate;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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