Make Herb-Infused Granitas: Grapefruit and Mint Granita

| June/July 1999

  • Tarragon and blood oranges, lemon verbena and peaches, and mint and grapefruit combine in these dare-to-be-different granitas.

Fresh mint combines beautifully with grapefruit for a cool after-dinner sweet. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves
• 3 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
• Mint sprigs for garnish

1. Heat water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat, stir in half the mint leaves, cover, and steep for 20 minutes or until desired mint flavor is reached.

2. Finely chop the remaining mint leaves and combine them with grapefruit juice in a bowl. Strain the mint syrup into the juice. Freeze mixture in ice cube trays until solid. Pulse 6 frozen granita cubes in a blender or food processor until mixture forms coarse crystals. Continue adding granita cubes until all the cubes are processed. Serve immediately, garnished with mint sprigs.

—Carole Peck, chef/owner, Good News Cafe, Woodbury, Connecticut

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