Plum Sake Granita | Lauren KelpHello, FRI-YAY! Are y’all doing anything fun to celebrate the end of a good week? Anyone else feel like this week was particularly long? Either way, good week, bad week, we’ve got a delicious new cocktail concoction that is perfect for celebrating the weekend! It’s a frozen delight and it’s packed full of flavor. Don’t be leary, this is a serious crowdpleaser! See the skinny below – xoxo, LK

Who says the cocktail hour has to come at the start of the meal? There’s nothing like an after-dinner beverage to gather all your guests together one last time before the end of the night…it’s the perfect time to serve something smooth and velvety and spiked with just a little something. If that after-dinner crowdpleaser happens to be a luscious, fruity frozen dessert, even better! Mix up a batch of Plum Sake Granita the next time you want to end a meal in style, and you’ll have an instant classic on your hands. The best part? Unlike other frozen desserts like sorbets, you won’t even need an ice cream maker to put together this spoon-able cocktail!

I honestly can’t get enough of plums while they’re in season–there are so many varieties to try, but the rich golden sweetness of black plums always blows me away–and blending them with a dose of sake, or Japanese rice wine, is a winning combination. Since sake is lighter in alcohol than other liquors (percentage-wise, it’s more like a wine), it won’t drown out the lovely, delicate sweet tartness of the plums OR send you off to bed feeling overly boozy. Every scoop of this Plum Sake Granita is simply a smooth, satisfying end to your evening!

Plum Sake Granita | Lauren Kelp


– 3 black plums

– 1 1/2 cups water

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 cup sake


– Peel and slice three plums, removing the pit as you go.

– Place plums in a saucepan with water and sugar, bring to a boil then simmer on low for 5 minutes.

– Add sake to plums, let cool.

– Puree mixture in food processor or blender until smooth.

– Pour mixture in a lidded plastic container and freeze. After about an hour, scrape the whole mixture with a metal spoon until it softens into fluffy ice crystals, then re-freeze. Scrape until fluffy once more before serving, then enjoy!

Plum Sake Granita | Lauren Kelp

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