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Granita is a cooling, icy slush made during the furnacelike summers in Italy. Like ice cream, granitas come in a variety of sweet, refreshing flavors, such as melon, peach, nectarine, berry or coffee — and the addition of wine or liqueur improves texture while countering the sweetness.

What do you need:
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle rosé Champagne
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice

In a saucepan, stir together sugar and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar has completely dissolved. Once mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. When mixture has cooled completely, stir in Champagne and lime juice.

Pour mixture into a shallow freezer-safe container. Freeze for about 1 hour, then, using a fork, scrape and stir to break up ice crystals. Return granita to freezer until firm, 8 to 12 hours, occasionally scraping and stirring with a fork.

To serve, spoon granita into small chilled glasses or bowls and serve at once. Serves 6 to 8.