Granita is something I've always wanted to learn to make. I always see it on the summertime episodes of Food Network shows - a frozen shaved ice dessert similar to Italian ice or sorbet. What makes granita unique is the process used to make it. It isn't labor intensive or complicated, but it requires a little bit of babysitting. The basic process is to freeze a flavorful liquid (whatever you are using to make your granita) in a shallow dish and scrape it with a fork every half hour. This scraping creates fine ice crystals in the final dish. So its like eating grapefruit flavored snow.
Making a granita with a little bit of alcohol makes it more forgiving to the timeline. It isn't as important to scrape it every half hour. I used vodka here, but am excited to try it again with some sparkling wine (a not to an interesting cocktail I saw on a restaurant menu that I also can't wait to try out!).