Whipped Root Beer Granita Shots

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I’m not really sure whether to call these Whipped Root Beer Granita Shots a drink? dessert? snack?  Maybe a combination of all three?  Well whatever it is, it only has THREE ingredients and super snappy to make!  All you need is some root beer, Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, whipped cream, and some time to wait for the granita to freeze.  This recipe would work just as well with any flavor soda and any flavor of Pinnacle vodka!  Ohhhhh the possibilities!!!  For the under 21 crowd, I have a few granita recipes from around the internet that I think you’ll enjoy too!

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If you’ve never heard of “granita” it’s an Italian dessert that is semi-frozen and made from sugar, water, and some kind of flavoring, fruit, etc.  Kind of like Italian Ice but not exactly.  Although I’ve made granitas in the past I was a little skeptical if just combining vodka and soda would work, and it DID!  Actually the vodka kept the mixture from now over freezing and gave it a slightly softer texture.

So pick your favorite root beer or soda (I used regular soda, but I’m thinking diet would probably work).  Other drinks like lemonade, limeade, fruit juices, etc. would probably work well also although I did not actually try them.  Pick your favorite Pinnacle vodka flavor.  I used “Whipped” for a root beer float type granita.  Pour both the root beer and vodka into a freezer safe shallow dish or container such as a square or rectangular baking dish.  A shallow container is better and quicker for freezing.  Stir to combine then place your container in the freezer and make sure it’s flat and has plenty of room.

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Every 20-30 minutes check on your granita and using a fork (or spoon), mix and scrape the ice that is forming.  After a few hours you’ll have granita!  Make sure you don’t open the freezer too much while the granita is in the freezer except to check on it.  Otherwise, it won’t freeze or will take ALOT longer to freeze.

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I served my granita in little shot glasses but you can use any glass or bowl.  I also topped mine with a little whipped cream.  The granita can also be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer.

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I got these cute little shot glasses from TJ Maxx and they were cheap!!!   They have a lot of cute and inexpensive glasses, bowls, etc.  Hope you enjoy the granita!

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Whipped Root Beer Granita Shots
4.8 from 4 reviews
Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
Total time:
A drink, snack, and dessert all in one! A grown-up version of a root beer float!
  • 1 (12oz.) can of root beer (or any flavor of soda)
  • ½ cup Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (or any flavor of Pinnacle vodka)
  • Garnish (optional): Whipped cream, whipped topping, vanilla ice cream
  1. Mix together root beer and vodka in a large shallow freezer safe container such as a 9×9 or 13×9 baking dish.
  2. Place container in freezer. Every 20-30 minutes, check on mixture and quickly scrape sides and bottom of container where frozen with fork (or spoon) and mix to combine.
  3. Continue scraping bottom and sides of container for several hours or until desired consistency.
  4. Serve in shot glasses or desired serving glasses/bowls. Top with whipped cream, whipped topping, and/or vanilla ice cream.
SNAPPY TIPS: While mixture is in the freezer, try not to open the freezer door except to check on it. Otherwise it will take the granita a lot longer to freeze. Granita can be made ahead and stored in container.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Use any Pinnacle vodka and soda flavor for a whole new drink/dessert!

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  1. What a cute idea! I am keeping this for summer.

  2. yeah. that’s probably the coolest thing. ever. i’ve just pinned & bookmarked to serve at my next dinner party. Love it!

  3. I love root beer floats and with the addition of vodka, how can you go wrong?! The granitas look adorable in the shot glasses- they would be perfect for a dinner party.

  4. That’s a fun and creative idea! They look amazing in those shot glasses.

  5. Such a cute idea. If I had to have any sort of beer this is how I’d have it!

  6. i’m obsessed with root beer floats! these looks adorable!

  7. What a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought to use soda, much less Vodka, in a granita. I used to get some sort of caramel/coffee granita when I lived in New Orleans as my “lunch” sometimes, and I made a honeydew and New Mexico chili granita last year, but soda??? Hmmm a scoop of this over a little pool of crème anglaise would be awesome! :)

    […and I love your spoons and shot glasses. Cute!]

  8. Hi Lisa,
    Love those cute shot glasses and I’m a regular at T.J.’s so I will be on the lookout. This is such a cute idea for us grown up kids. Great recipes over here, looking forward to coming back.

  9. I loved this idea and happened to have the amazing Pinnacle Whipped Vodka on hand as well as a diet cream soda. So I got after it. At first it wasn’t freezing. I thought it might have had something to do with lack of sugar and I read over the recipe multiple times, but after about an hour or so it finally was getting there. This was a great treat! I just put mine in a small cup with whipped cream and had a nice little (alcoholic) dessert after dinner, Loved it! Thanks so much for the ideas, keep’em coming!

  10. These are so awesome!! How has it never occurred to me to make an alcoholic version of granita? YUM. We’re having a big party over Memorial Day weekend and I’m pinning these to make for it!

  11. I’m a big fan of root beer, so I love this grown up version of a float! This idea will come in very handy when I need a cool treat during the heat of summer.

  12. Elina (Healthy and Sane) says:

    I’d call these dessert. A boozy delicious dessert :)

  13. This sounds so refreshing! A perfect adult float. :)

  14. Goodness, these are just adorable and looks delicious! Love the presentation. I need Pinnacle Whipped Vodka pronto!

  15. Yummy! A dessert, a drink and a snack, all in a shot glass, how can you beat that? I really love the idea behind your blog. :)

  16. Stunning photos! Love the look and sound of the granitas!

  17. Had this tab up since I first saw it and was finally able to make it tonight. Delightful, will definitely make these again. I didn’t have much whipped cream on hand, and it definitely needed a bit more, but I’ll know for next time.

  18. Ryan Rose says:

    OMG! This looks and sounds awesomely delicious!

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