For today’s #DrinkYourGram, I decided to get a bit cheeky with the results. With it being National Pina Colada day, I asked my audience to vote on what they’d like to see and make for today. In the end, I decided to spice things up with a REALLY SIMPLE granita recipe, that’s light, fresh and full of flavour. Curious how it’s made? Head down below for details.
If you’re new to the concept of #DrinkYourGram, I started it as a way to give you cocktail recipes YOU WANT. By voting on my IG stories every Tuesday, you get a chance to shape the cocktail you’d like to create at home. For this week, with National Pina Colada Day landing on Friday, I thought why not celebrate this holiday. So I asked you to vote on the following:
Did you want it Shaken or Blended?
65% wanted it Blended!
Did you want it Light and Fresh or Give you all the cream?
70% of you wanted it Light and Fresh!
Made with the Classic Flavours or make something different.
59% wanted the Classic Flavours!
Now here’s the thing, when you wanted it blended, all I could think about was doing it the OG way with all the cream. Making this light and blended just seemed to throw me off a bit. But I get it. We’re all still hopeful that Summer body will come through at some point in July. Seeing as I had already done a “Skinny Pina” with tea flavour, I wanted to create something unique.
I recently came across Granita on my feed. Not cocktail related at all, but I thought, hey could this work? Well, I’m here to share the good news that Granita’s are a thing with alcohol and it’s the EASIEST THING to throw together! I know, I know, I say that a lot, but I’m not lying. As long as you have a blender and a fork, you’re good to go. Here’s how it’s done.
Pina Colada Granita
When you need that quick, refreshing dessert fix, this is a great solution to have. Mixing Fresh Pineapple, Coconut Water and Rum!
– Difficulty: Easy
- 6 cups Fresh Pineapple Chunks
- 1/3 cup White Sugar
- 1/3 cup Havana Club 3 yr old Rum
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- ½ tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tiny pinch of Salt
Blend all the ingredients above until pureed and smooth.
Pour into a wide dish so the liquid is spread out and freezes quicker. Do not cover. Toss into the freezer over night.
With a fork, gently break apart the granita until the desired texture and size. Toss back into the freezer (uncovered) until ready to eat. Give it at least another 30 minutes to refreeze before serving.
I made a very basic version here, but you can easily throw in a handful of herb or split the Pineapple with another fruit. The possibilities are endless. Just be mindful that you need the sugar to help crystallize the solution.
Additional Steps: I didn’t do the recipe as I intended to, because I simply forgot that I had left it in the freezer. What I do recommend is every 45 minutes, start to break apart the granita. Do so by following this video here: https://www.allrecipes.com/video/3451/fresh-strawberry-granita/