I don’t know about you but when I’m not working out or outdoors at the lake/beach/hiking trail, I do not like breaking a sweat. Call me a sissy but that’s the truth. That one time when the AC stopped working and it was 90F inside our house? I had to sit in my car and blast the AC until the repairman came to fix it. #firstworldproblems
Living in Texas, it’s kind of hard to not break a sweat during the summer when temps reach 100F (or higher) and all you want to do is stand in front of the freezer with the door open. One way to cool down after running those errands or stepping outside for 0.2 seconds is with this easy-to-make granita.
Think of a granita as a grown up’s Popsicle – remember those? Except a granita is 100x better and doesn’t involve any fake or weird ingredients. At least, this one doesn’t. The technical definition of a granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. They are super easy to make (no fancy machines needed!) and are ready in just a few hours. What’s not to love?
Also, the flavor combinations are endless. I just happened to have strawberries and a ton of limes in the fridge, but you can pretty much bet that almost any combo will be perfect.
Go ahead. Beat the heat. Make this granita.
Strawberry Lime Granita
16 oz. (1 lb.) fresh, organic strawberries
1 C simple syrup*
1 C club soda**
1/2 C fresh squeezed lime juice
Pour mixture into a flat bottomed pan or baking dish (freezer safe). Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
Stir the mixture very throughly with a fork and allow it to freeze for another 30 minutes.
Repeat this process every 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours. Make sure to stir the mixture well every time, scraping down the sides. The idea is to stop ice crystals from forming so that the consistency is closer to that of a sorbet and does not form into icy chunks. See more tips here.
*Simple syrup is, well, simple to make. Bring 1 C water to boiling and dump in 1 C granulated sugar. Turn down to a low simmer, stir until sugar is dissolved and then turn off heat and set aside to cool.
**Sparkling water would also be a great substitute!