On a hot summer's evening, a small dish of ice-cold granita is a welcome addition to any table. This unusual ice is made from seedless red grapes, though you can use any color or variety you like. Fresh grape juice, sweet Moscato wine and sugar are the only ingredients in this simple recipe, and you don't need any special equipment to make the granita. The pretty rose-colored ice isn't too sweet and makes a nice intermezzo between courses or a very light and refreshing adult dessert.
Remove the grapes from their stems and place them in a medium-size saucepan. Using your hands, squeeze some of the grapes to release their juice (so they don’t stick to the pan), then add the sugar. Bring the grapes to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture until the grapes are soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the grapes to a food processor or blender, and purée until smooth.
Pass the purée through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and discard the solids. Add the Moscato to the purée and adjust the taste, if needed, by adding more sugar (if too tart) or more Moscato (if too sweet). Chill the purée until thoroughly cold.
Transfer the purée to an 11 X 7-inch glass baking dish and place on a level surface in the freezer. Stir the ice with a fork every 20 minutes until it’s frozen, but not rock solid (about 1-1/2 to 2 hours, depending on your freezer). You should be able to scrape the surface of the granita with a fork and create fluffy ice crystals.
Divide the granita among serving goblets or dishes and keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Garnish each serving with a sprig of mint, if you like.