Oscars Recipe: The Social Network Salted Red Bull Granita

Through next week, Victoria Haschka will be rolling out a menu for an Oscars feast on HuffPost Food, offering an original recipe inspired by each of this year's 10 Best Picture-nominated films. See also her recipe for a Black Swan Blackberry & Chocolate-Smothered Panna Cotta. Next up, The Fighter.

The movie:


The dish:

Salted Red bull granita



The reason:

"... 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). Fuelled 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.

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?