Orange rind, orange juice, sweet cherries, and merlot are sweetened with a simple syrup and then frozen to make this Cherry-Merlot Granita.
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice cubes
1 large navel orange
1 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
1 cup merlot
How to Make It
Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in ice cubes.
While sugar mixture comes to a boil, grate rind, and squeeze juice from orange to measure 1 tablespoon and 1/2 cup, respectively.
Place cherries and sugar mixture in a blender; process for 1 minute or until pureed, stopping as necessary to scrape sides. Stir in rind, juice, and 1 cup merlot; pour into an 8-inch square pan. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or until firm.
Remove mixture from freezer; scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.