pink grapefruit granita

Pink Grapefruit Granita

Do you have a routine that became a routine before you even realized it?  Well, over the past few months, I have developed a habit of eating a bowl of ice cream while watching television. You and I both know this is a hard habit to break, but I think at least I found a healthier substitute.

The French call it granité. In Italy, it is known as granita siciliana, where it is eaten any time of day, even for breakfast with a brioche. The rest of us  know it simply as granita, a frozen dessert made with fruit juice or purée, coffee, or wine that is sweetened with simple syrup. It has a grainy, yet delicate texture, similar to shaved ice, and bursts with intense flavor and melts as soon as it hits the tongue.  It is often served as a light dessert, especially nice after a heavy meal, or as a palate cleanser between courses.

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cocktail hour: cherry-lime rickey

Cherry-Lime Rickey, cocktail

Yaaay, thank goodness the weekend’s almost here! We’re near the end of a long week and we’ll definitely need a couple of drinks later this evening. Well, don’t head to a noisy, crowded bar for watered down happy hour cocktails after work. Instead, make yourself this cool, crisp lime rickey and unwind in the comfort of your home. This gin cocktail, flavored with cherries, is light and tart, with just a hint of sweetness, which is a nice change of pace from beer, wine, or the typical sweet mixed drink. So, when you get home tonight, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and relax with a cherry-lime rickey. For you teetotalers out there, simply omit the gin, and add more club soda.

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