DRINK RECIPE: Sage + White Wine Granita


So this isn’t exactly a drink – and frosty treats aren’t typical of December, but so what? Ideal as a palate cleanser between meals, granita also works well as an after-dinner refresher, waking you up so you can continue the festivities post-meal. Here, the bitter sage is offset by the vibrancy and brightness of the white wine. This is another easygoing recipe where you can replace the sage with whatever herb you may prefer, or perhaps a combination – rosemary is also perfect for the winter. When warm weather rolls back around, try replacing the herb with basil and adding some strawberries or any other fruit – this is the easiest treat to experiment with.

Sage & Sauvignon Blanc Granita
[serves about 6]

3 cups water
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup white wine [Sauvignon Blanc works well]
4 sage leaves
Juice from 1/2 a lemon

In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and sage to a boil.
When boiling, turn off heat, cover, and let stand.
When mixture is at room temperature, add wine and lemon juice.
Freeze in a container for at least five hours, stirring as often as possible.
Serve garnished with a small sage leaf.