Salted Red Bull Granita – The Social Network

“… probably the biggest thing that’s ever been associated with Harvard was invented by one guy who sequestered himself away in a dorm corner. You’ve got this wealth and this colonial castle, but in the end all he needed was $69 per month for the server, $39 for electricity, and $159 for the Red Bull.” David Fincher (Director of The Social Network). Fueled by a cocktail of caffeine, sugar, ego and taurine, Facebook was born.

The granita works as either a palette cleanser or a party starter if soused in Grey Goose.  And the sprinkling of Maldon salt? Maybe it reflects the salty language peppered throughout Aaron Sorkin’s script.  Maybe it’s a solemn statement on the granular attention of detail needed for coding Or maybe it’s there to remind us of the salt that accompanied the sweet of Mark Zuckerberg’s success.

Salted Red Bull Granita

The way:

½ cup water
¼ cup sugar
2 cans of Red Bull
Sea salt flakes

Here’s how we roll:

1. Boil the water and the sugar in a saucepan. Then let it cool to room temperature.

2. Add the Red Bull.


3. Pour the mixture into a flat baking pan or tray.


4. Place the pan in the freezer. Every 20 -30 minutes pull the pan out and rake it with a fork to break the frozen sections into shavings.


5. Continue freezing and scraping every 20 minutes until everything is fluffy icicles.


6. Chill until serving. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt. And some chilled vodka if your best friend decides to sue you, or you feel a little bit desperate.

Other options:
What else could stand in for The Social Network? The spicy tuna rolls and apple martinis that were part of Sean Parker’s seduction?

See the rest of the Oscars Feast  

Inception Layered Cocktails with Jellied Dice

The Fighter Steak Tartare Crostini

Winter’s Bone Bone Marrow and Parmesan Toasts

The Kids are Alright Polenta Triangles with Heirloom Tomato Relish

 127 Hours Chicken Chipotle Burritos

True Grit Pork and Beans with Coffee Grit

The Social Network Salted Red Bull Granita

Toy Story 3 Sour Cherry Rice Crispy Treats



Black Swan Blackberry and Chocolate Panna Cottas

King’s Speech English Tea Marble Truffles

  1. Another brilliant performance, you've set the bar really high.

    Congrats on the Huffpost assignment, truly deserved.

  2. This is pure genius and a grown ups alternative to vodka jellies.

  3. I love this idea/series! I just wish I'd seen all the movies… Oooh, will there be a 127 Hours recipe? I'd love to see what you come up with there!

Leave a comment


{ 3 Trackbacks }