I’m in love. Complete and utter love.
GUYS, I’ve never felt this way before.
Do you know about granita? ‘Cause it just walked into my life. And, I know this may be soon, but I’m never letting it go.
Never, ever, EVER.
I know, how clingy of me.
I don’t know how I survived this long without knowing about it. It’s so simple. It’s so genius. It’s so damn delicious.
Quick lesson for those that may not know about it. It’s a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and flavoring of your choice. Think snow-cones here. Except, you don’t have to leave your house to get it. All you need is a freezer. Pretty simple huh?
But wait, it doesn’t stop there.
Think boozy snow-cones. Then think boozy shaved ice on top of ice cream.
Can you imagine anything better?
Neither can I.
I really owe Honestly Yum a huge thank you. That’s how I met granita. When I saw the recipe for Red Wine Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream, I knew I had to make it. Except not with red wine. Fun fact: I’m not a red wine fan.
But, the good thing about granita is that it’s versatile. You can match any flavors you want and it’ll still taste good.
Now that’s a recipe that caters to your tastes. See, why I’m in love?
I’m really into mimosas. It’s my go-to drink at brunch. What’s not to love about them?
A little a lot of bubbly, a little orange juice, and ta-da you have a drink. Except, I like my mimosas with pineapple juice. Please tell me you’ve tried it. It’s absolutely life changing.
Seriously, try it.
In fact, drink one while you wait for your granita to freeze up. That’s the one thing about making granita. There is a lot of waiting time. The whole process takes about 4 to 5 hours. Don’t let that be the reason you don’t make this though. It’s honestly one of the simplest and easiest recipes I’ve ever shared on the blog. And, as of now, it’s also my favorite recipe.
So, Pineapple Mimosa Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream. What does that mean exactly?
It means at the bottom you have a layer of vanilla ice cream, in the middle you have a layer of pineapple granita, and on the top you have a layer of champagne granita.
Oh, lets not forget the little pineapple wedge.
It’s trying to look nice for you.
How sweet, huh?
Pineapple Mimosa Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream
Recipe adapted from Honestly Yum
18 oz of pineapple juice (I used 2 pineapple juice cans from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 bottle champagne (I used a brut)
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
pineapple, for garnish
Pour pineapple juice in a shallow baking dish. Place in the freezer and after one hour scrape the ice crystals forming on the side of the pan with a fork towards the center. Repeat every hour until flaky (think shaved ice consistency). Should take about 3 to 4 hours total–it’ll vary based on your freezer.
Pour 1/2 bottle of champagne in a shallow baking dish. In a small pot, heat water and sugar, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved. Add sugar-water mixture to the baking dish and combine with the champagne. Place in the freezer and after one hour scrape the ice crystals forming on the side of the pan with a fork towards the center. Repeat every hour until flaky (again, think shaved ice consistency). Should take about 4 to 5 hours total.
Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a small glass and top with a heaping layer of the pineapple granita, followed by a heaping layer of champagne granita. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
In sum, pineapple + champagne + shaved ice + ice cream =