Mint Lime Granita

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

This simple, refreshing dessert is a great option if you want a frozen treat but don't have an ice cream maker.

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Mint Lime Granita

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:3 hours, 45 minutes
Special equipment:large glass baking dish (for example: 9 by 13 by 12 inches)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup lime juice


  1. 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine water, mint leaves, and sugar. Turn heat to medium high and stir until sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.*

  2. 2

    Let mixture cool slightly then stir in lime juice. Pour mixture into glass baking dish and put in freezer.

  3. 3

    Every hour or so, scrape mixture with a fork, continuing until frozen, about three and a half hours.

  4. 4

    *You can also make simple syrup without turning on your stove. For directions, see here


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