Granita is a light iced dessert similar to a sorbet, but made with half the effort, no ice cream maker necessary. This simple but satisfying dessert with origins in Sicily literally melts in your mouth! Here at the Flirty Foodie, we are always looking for excuses to incorporate liquor into our recipes. This rendition takes advantage of fresh in season blackberries and tangy Limoncello, a combination that is a near religious experience for your taste buds! This refreshing sweet treat is ideal for those summer scorchers, on those days where relief from the heat can be cured by a good old brain freeze via liquor laden snow cone.
Blackberry Limoncello Granita
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1/2 cup Limoncello
- Bring water to a boil, add sugar and let dissolve, remove from heat and let water cool to room temperature.
- Blend blackberries and Limoncello then pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, straining out the seeds.
- Combine sugar water and blackberry mixture in a large shallow container and place in the freezer.
- Leave mixture in the freezer for a couple hours until the mixture starts to crystalize. Remove from the freezer, scrape the top and edges with a fork. Resist the urge to drink the deilicious concoction as you will be tempted as this stage. Return to freezer. Enjoy a glass of wine or two to kill some time.
- Repeat the freezing/scraping process every 30 min to an hour or so. If you followed instructions correctly, your granita should be fluffy and fully frozen and you…intoxicated. This recipe is best made in the hot summer months as the trips to the freezer doubles as cheap climate control. You’re welcome.
- Serve and enjoy.
Note – it’s possible to freeze the blackberry mixture completely and then scrape however it does require a bit of extra elbow grease. If you don’t care to take an ice pick to your granita, go with the 30 minute scrape method. This way you don’t miss out on the enjoyment of ”quality checking” your granita every half an hour as you agonize over the time it takes to freeze.
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