Dessert or Cocktail? A Sophisticated Slushy

   |  Updated: September 21, 2013 11:44 IST

Dessert or Cocktail? A Sophisticated Slushy
There are three things I love about this cocktail: It has gin in it (always a good thing), it takes less than a minute to make (ditto) and it doubles as dessert. What's not to love?

This concoction feels granitalike to me, granita being - as you may know - a sort of slushy Italian dessert usually made from water, sugar and fruit or other flavorings. Obviously, this isn't that. In fact, I cheat completely, beginning with a pint of good-quality sorbet and then simply adding the other ingredients, two of which contain alcohol.

I use lemon sorbet because I want this drink to be tart as well as sweet, something that's crisp and refreshing, a drink that could serve as something of a digestif after dinner or a Bloody Mary alternative on a Sunday morning. Gin is my booze of choice (though you could use vodka, tequila or any other white alcohol), as it gives the cocktail a slightly herbal, aromatic flavor that marries beautifully with the crackling dry and fizzy Prosecco I add at the end.

The easiest way to whip this up is in a blender, although a food processor will work in a pinch. Just put in the sorbet and gin, and puree until smooth. Divide the nectar among glasses (champagne flutes are nice) and top with the bubbly and a mint leaf or two. Call it a cocktail, a digestif or a dessert - in any case, it's good stuff. Potent. Easy. Like I said, what's not to love?

Grown-up granita

Time: About 5 minutes

1 pint lemon sorbet

1/4 to 1/2 cup gin1/2 cup dry Prosecco

6 to 8 fresh mint leaves for garnish.

Put the sorbet and gin in a food processor or blender and blend until well combined but still slushy. Pour into champagne flutes, top with Prosecco, garnish with mint leaves and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings.

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