Recipe Redo: Brooks Headley’s Lemon Granita Is Feeling Hot

02/20/2014 at 11:57 AM ET

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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

Hey! Who out there feels like whipping up a cocktail that takes 20 minutes to prepare and three hours to set in the freezer? Interested in sipping an icy cold beverage in the middle of what is arguably the worst winter in years?!


Yeah, we thought so. Which is why we’ve given Brooks Headley’s Lemon Granita a winter weather warm-up by, well…making it warm. I know, we’re super smart. Bonus? No waiting for anything to freeze, and it tastes pretty darn good too.

Alie & Georgia’s Granita? Who Needs Ya?!
Makes 1

2 oz. vodka
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. allspice simple syrup (recipe below)
1 oz. warm green tea
Lemon wheel, for garnish
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a mug; stir to combine. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon sticks if desired.

Allspice Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp. allspice

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Extra simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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