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                                                                  This sparkling, vodka-laced granita has a peppery kick that sets off the briny sweetness of a good West Coast oyster. Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 3 hours of freezing time. Notes: You can make granita up to 3 days ahead. Re-rake with fork before serving. Also, if you're serving the oysters on a buffet, serve on crushed ice with the granita in a bowl alongside, also on ice.

                                                                  Ingredients
                                                                  • Yes No 1 cup grapefruit juice
                                                                  • Yes No 3 tbsp champagne vinegar
                                                                  • Yes No 1/2 tbsp sugar, granulated
                                                                  • Yes No 1/2 tbsp vodka
                                                                  • Yes No 1/2 tsp diced tarragon
                                                                  • Yes No 1/2 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
                                                                  • Yes No 1/2 tsp black pepper
                                                                  • Yes No crushed ice
                                                                  • Yes No 3 dozen to medium, small oysters on the half shell
                                                                  • Combine all ingredients except rock salt and oysters, pour into a loaf pan (to a depth of about 1 in.), and freeze 1 hour. Rake and crush mixture with the tines of a fork and freeze for another hour. Rake and crush mixture again and freeze 1 hour more.
                                                                  • Spread rock salt on a platter. Rake and crush granita a final time into fine crystals. Set oysters in place and top each with a spoonful of granita.
                                                                  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
                                                                  Yields: 2cups; 36 servings
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                                                                    combine
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                                                                    freeze
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