- 5 minutes
- 5 hours, 5 minutes
This granita can be made with any juice or seasonal fruit puree. The sparkling water can also be replaced with any liquid you wish (soda pop, champagne, etc.). In making replacements, however, keep in mind that sugar and alcohol lowers the freezing point of the solution. Experiment by replacing just half of the sparkling water first before settling on a full ingredient substitution.
In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup by heating one cup of the non-carbonated water water and one cup granulated sugar over medium-high heat. Cook for five minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, mix the prepared simple syrup with the remaining liquids. Allow to fully cool and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Pour mixture in freezer-proof shallow pan. Place in freezer so that the pan is sitting flush and flat.
Check the pan every thirty minutes. Once an ice crust starts to form on the surface (this can take as long as three hours, depending on the initial temperature of the mixture and the temperature of the freezer), rake the solution with parallel strokes with a fork. Continue to do this every 30 minutes -- ensuring that any noticeable chunks of ice is broken -- until the mixture fully freeze.
Before serving, rake the ice with a fork to break up the ice granules.
Scoop a quarter of the granules into a chilled bowl. Garnish with berries and enjoy.
- Bottled water is typically filtered tap water from municipal sources. Depending on the age of the bottled water, the water may pick up off-flavors from the plastic, which would ruin a delicate flavor recipe such as this. However, as water is the principal ingredient in ices, it is most important to use good-tasting water. If you have good tap water, by all means use it. Otherwise, use a bottled water you wouldn't mind drinking.