Red Wine Granita with Chocolate Flavored Whipped Cream

Disclosure: My friends from Landmark Vineyards sent me some delicious wines. I used their Overlook Pinot Noir in this recipe. That’s it. Just wanted to let you know. Cheers!

And just like that, it’s the last day of August.

Seriously, how is that even possible? It seems like it was just yesterday that I tentatively dipped my toes into the ocean for the first time after a long, record-breaking winter. Now I’m finding myself at the unofficial (emphasis on the word “unofficial”) end of summer. People are already starting to flee the beach near my house. And my favorite ice cream shop is threatening to close soon.

I’m not ready for it all to end. So I spent this past weekend savoring what remains of these long summer days. And getting my fill of frozen treats. I hope you did the same.

If you haven’t made a granita yet this summer, don’t delay a minute longer. It’s about the easiest frozen dessert you can make. If you can use a fork (I know you can!), then you can make a granita.


Granitas can be made from all kinds of fruit juices. I, of course, decided to use fermented grape juice. Otherwise known as wine. Because THAT is how you unofficially close out summer. Boozy frozen treats FOR THE WIN!

The chocolate flavored whipped cream is pretty awesome when combined with this granita. Because chocolate + red wine = YES! So while I don’t think you should skip out on that part, you could certainly use vanilla extract in a pinch if you don’t have chocolate extract on hand.

Trust me when I tell you that my Red Wine Granita with Chocolate Flavored Whipped Cream will totally hit the spot. Make it and then come back and tell me how much you loved it!



Red Wine Granita with Chocolate Flavored Whipped Cream

Red Wine Granita with Chocolate Flavored Whipped Cream


  • For the Granita
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups red wine

  • For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. chocolate extract


  1. Make the granita. In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Then stir in the wine. Pour the mixture into a 9 X 13-inch baking pan (I used a metal pan) and transfer it to your freezer.
  2. After an hour, remove the pan from your freezer and use a fork to scrape the mixture, breaking it down into smaller granules. Place the baking pan back in your freezer for 30 minutes. Then scrape the mixture again. Repeat this process of freezing and scraping 2-3 more times. Cover with plastic wrap until you’re ready to serve.
  3. Make the whipped cream. Place the bowl of your mixer and the whisk attachment in your freezer for about 5 minutes to cool down. Remove them from the freezer, immediately add the heavy whipped cream and start whisking on high. Once the cream starts to thicken, add the sugar and chocolate extract. Continue whisking until peaks form. Whipped cream is best when it’s used immediately, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple hours if necessary.
  4. To assemble, place a couple spoonfuls of the whipped cream into the bottom of your serving glasses. Then fill the glasses with the granita. Top with an additional dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy immediately.

56 comments on “Red Wine Granita with Chocolate Flavored Whipped Cream”

  1. I can’t believe that it’s the last day of August, either! Which means that lots of this granita is needed! I love how easy this is to whip up. And it sounds just perfect with the chocolate whipped cream!

  2. So pretty much frozen wine. I’m obsessed. And so with you on summer coming and going like that. Why does winter drag itself out, but summer is always in a hurry to leave??

  3. I KNOW. I can’t believe it’s the last day of August too! Which means I will be crying my sorrows out into this granita. I mean frozen wine on a Monday? I’m IN. Pinned!

  4. I am with you, Liz! I can’t handle summer coming to an end. BUT, making this fabulous granita, hiding in my walk in closet, and devouring a VAT of this deliciousness might help me cope. A little. Seriously, this is beautiful and all sorts of YUM! I love granitas, but you hit my weakness with the addition of red wine! (<– because alcohol in food = YES) Pinned! Cheers, pretty lady! To a day as gorge as this granita!

  5. Holy moly this looks absolutely sensational!!!

  6. Girl I hear ya! I’m so sad that summer has to end. Darn school! But this looks like a good way to drown your sorrows. Love the red wine + chocolate combo!

  7. Oh my gosh, this is perfect. I can’t get over it. This granita deserves to become a year-round kinda thing

  8. I love granitas Liz and the combination of the red wine and chocolate flavored whipped cream sounds awesome! I am hating that it’s the end of summer too, but I’m thinking these granitas will be perfect all year long!

  9. I feel like this would be totally acceptable to eat while knocked up…Love me a good boozy granita!

  10. Ohhh summer….if it weren’t for the fact that we’re dying for precipitation over here, I would say I wish it could be summer all year long! It just comes and goes so quickly. Can you believe I’ve never in my life had a granita?? I’m wine obsessed, so I had better make this treat happen lickety split…I can see my next fixation on the horizon!

  11. So elegant and good!

  12. That chocolate whipped cream has my name written alllll over it!

  13. Just the title of this post had me HOOKED! This looks amazing 🙂

  14. This looks delicious! I love wine in desserts!

  15. I’ve always wanted to make granita! This sounds fabulous, just the perfect “end” of summer treat! I’ll take mine with extra chocolate whipped cream, please. 🙂

  16. Granita is the best and the red wine is an awesome flavor 🙂

  17. Nothing sounds better to me today, seriously awesome

  18. I totally get it! More popsicles just went into the freezer and I’m about to get started on a batch of ice cream! Thank you for continuing to stay on the Summer Train, Liz. I’m with ya! And wow, what a fun way to enjoy wine and with a bit of chocolate! Love this recipe!

  19. Red wine. I just have to try this!

  20. You had me at red wine granita and then you went and put chocolate flavored whip on it! Also, I can’t believe it’s the end of summer either–tear! Where does the time go? Oh well, at least it means we’ll be cozying up with fall/winter soups and stews in no time…. 🙂

    • Just talking with my mom today and she said soups are her favorite thing about fall. I love them too! And honestly, I’m still going to be eating frozen treats, no matter the weather! 🙂

  21. I have been sitting under a rock—I’ve never made granita before! I can’t wait to try some of my Landmark wine on this!

  22. I KNOW. This summer went by way too quickly, but here it is definitely fall…the leaves are even changing (SOB!) I might just turn up the heat and make this granita anyways 😉 Looks delicious!

    • Oh man. It’s 90 degrees here all week, so I’m definitely NOT turning up the heat. Ha! I need air conditioning and frozen desserts!

  23. I’m not ready for summer to end but what keeps me going is fall (my fave season) and getting back into a routine for the kids. . dude, love these!!! HOORAY for boozy frozen treats! I love granita!

    • Fall is actually my favorite too, despite the fact that I’m lamenting the end of summer. I guess I’m always sad to see the seasons change. Except winter. That can change, no problem. 🙂

  24. Um, I know what I am making this holiday weekend! Dang girl! This looks amazing!!

  25. This granita would make for a great refreshing treat on Memorial Day!

  26. I feel the same way! I can’t believe how fast this summer went by! Love this gorgeous granita! I’ve never made one but dang it’s gotta happen this weekend! 🙂

  27. Stop. The. Madness. This sounds incredible Liz, perfect for the end of summer! xx

  28. I adore granita – one of my favorite things about summer!

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