Live Every Day Like It’s Summer with These 12 Granita Recipes

To introduce a granita, you have to get into the summer frame of mind, thinking of long, hot dog days. If you’re deep in the heart of Texas, that shouldn’t be too hard. A granita is somewhere between a sorbet and a sno-cone. It is light, icy, and often fruity. But above all else, a granita is the perfect solution to the first warm days of the year.

An icy treat created by Italians, the granita is perfect way to cool off when ice cream just seems unappealing. Plus, it is super simple to make! To whip up your very first granita your requirements will include a shallow container and some sweetened liquid. That’s it. Once you pop your sweet, fruity liquid into the freezer, all you need to do is occasionally scrape it up to from the flaky consistency. Truly, this refreshing treat is a frozen dessert at its most primitive.

One of the easiest ways to make sure that your granita are perfectly sweetened is to cook up a batch of simple syrup to which you can then add to any fruit, herb, or alcoholic flavor combination you can dream up. There really is no “recipe” here, it is just all about proportions. However, once you have the proportions, you can play with them. Reduce the water content for dense, smooth granitas that will fill your mouth with flavor. Increase the quantity for a flaky, icy refreshment that is light on your tongue.

To help you get started and introduce you to the world of granitas, here are 12 recipes that you can try to help cool you down as the weather heats up.

1. Honeydew Granita

honeydew granita
Food & Wine

When is melon not a good idea? You can pair it with almost anything including bacon, so why not see what else it complements nicely? Like mint and ice? Trust me, you’re going to feel much better after a bite of two.

Get the recipe here.

2. Herb and White Wine Granita

white wine herb gratina
Food52

For those of you that prefer savory to sweet, this one is for you. Tart and earthy, this is the perfect icy treat for pool side lounging and warm nights with friends.

Get the recipe here.

3. Coffee Granita

coffee-granita
My Baking Addiction

If you like to enjoy coffee year round but find yourself unable to stomach the idea of a cup of hot liquid on a blasting hot day, then a coffee granita might be just the thing. With caffeine and a cool dessert all blended into one, this is the ultimate summer pick-me-up

Get the recipe here.

4. Blueberry Granita

blueberry granita
Relish

Blueberries are delectable in the summertime. They are tart, sweet, and juicy and have a gorgeous color that will bring life to any dish. However, when they are the star of the show, then their flavors really shine. Just make sure not to wear white when you make these!

Get the recipe here.

5. Strawberry Lemon Granita

Strawberry-Lemon-Granita
My Baking Addiction

If you have access to fresh strawberries this season, I bet you’re buying them a little overzealously. I mean, they’re only available for a couple weeks! This year though, instead of simply freezing them to keep them for later, add some lemon and turn them into a delectable granita.

Get the recipe here.

6. Bridal Granita

bridal granita
Food52

You don’t have to serve this only because there is a bride in your midst. It is simply a great way to make a basic punch look fancy. Plus, you only need Sprite and almond extract.

Get the recipe here.

7. Lemon Balm and Crystallized Ginger Granita

lemon ginger granita
Bev Cooks

Refresh your mouth and your senses with this granita. Slightly spicy, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot of cool. You’ll be surprised to find out how much you enjoy ginger.

Get the recipe here.

8. Fudgesicle Granita

fudgesicle granita
How Sweet It Is

This may not be a traditional ice-predominant granita, but it is nevertheless delicious. Fudgy and crunchy, it is a cross between an ice cream and a granita. So next time you can’t decide between the two options, try this one.

Get the recipe here.

9. Watermelon Granita

watermelon granita1
The Pioneer Woman

Watermelon by itself is highly refreshing. But when you dilute it with water and lime to form an icy concoction, then you are guaranteed to feel better on even the hottest days.

Get the recipe here.

10. Poached Grapefruit with Grapefruit Granita

grapefruit granita
Martha Stewart

Add some tangy fresh fruit on top of your grapefruit and Campari infused Italian ice. Doing so will be good for your mind, body, and soul.

Get the recipe here.

11. Pink Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Champagne Granita

pink grapefruit granita
Epicurious

If you like the bubbly sensation of a crisp champagne on a hot day, try enjoying it iced. No, I don’t mean putting it into a bucket of water. I mean add some grapefruit and strawberry and literally freezing it. The results will surprise you and the alcohol content will keep it soft, smooth, and easy to enjoy.

Get the recipe here.

12. Carrot Granita

carrot granita
Food52

For those of you who like vegetables or want an interesting twist on a traditional carrot salad, try a carrot granita. Full of spices and flavor, it is a great way to awaken any pallet before a meal.

Get the recipe here.

Read More: 14 Smoothie Recipes That Sneakily Add More Vegetables to Your Diet