…and ended up a Campari Granita (ish)
In some parts of the world it is summer, but not where I am. I am lucky enough to have just returned from a little (almost) summer jaunt in Venice where I fell in love with the Aperol Spritz. Bellinis aside, I think it is THE aperitif of Venice. All you need is aperol (or campari), prosecco, a slice of orange and a whole lotta ice! You can put it in a wine glass, a tumbler, a martini glass. You can drink it straight out of the carafe. It is bitter and sweet, cold and refreshing, and warms the cockles of your heart.
I am inspired by a beautiful food and photography blog the food dept and particularly their prosecco ice pops. Yes, there is a theme here. So I decided to make aperol pops. Then I thought about it and decided it is too hard without the right iceblock moulds, so decide on an aperol granita.
So I take one bottle sweet sparkling wine, 1/2 cup Campari (no Aperol in the house!) and 1 cup sugar and heat it gently to dissolve the sugar. I let it cool to room temp and then pour it into a large plastic tub and stick it in the freezer.
Six hours later, nothing has changed. There is no freezing going on here.
Maybe too much alcohol is preventing it from freezing?
So I add two cups of fresh orange juice (to dilute the alcohol and encourage freezing and really wish I had blood oranges!) and stick it back in the freezer. Two hours later, nothing. So I leave it overnight.
In the morning we have some ice crystals. Yay. But not enough. So I add another cup of fresh orange juice and throw it back in the freezer for a couple of hours. Things are definitely improving and I do have a Campari ‘slushie’. Tastes absolutely and positively delicious but still needs more freezing.
It’s now back in the freezer overnight.
The next day, I am so happy to find a frozen tub of Campari spritz.
And here it is…finally…..a Campari granita. Yum!
By June 7, 2013 ...and ended up a Campari Granita (ish)
In some parts of the world it is summer, but not where I am. I am lucky enough to have just …
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Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch) is a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world. Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch.
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Lucy’s The Girl in a Hat Goes on a Picnic at A Cook and Her Books
Lisa’s Aperol Spritz at Monday Morning Cooking Club
Linda’s Escape from San Francisco Picnic at spicebox travels
Cheryl’s Mango-Key Lime Pie at A Tiger In The Kitchen
Monica’s Peanut Salad at A Life of Spice
Grace’s Mung Bean Shaved Ice at Hapa Mama
Pat’s Almost No-Cook Rice at The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook
Linda’s Coconut Creamsicle Sodas at Free Range Cookies