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How to Make Granita

How to Make Granita

As temperatures continue to climb, we reach for granita, a refreshing frozen treat made with simple, all-natural ingredients.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this icy concoction was created in Sicilia, Italy’s southernmost region, which is geographically closer to Africa than Milano. The hot and sunny island is known for its “cucina povera,” a humble cuisine that combines readily-available ingredients in genius ways. Enter: granita, our go-to summer dolce.

Learn how to make granita at home with our five-step guide!

1. Get sweet.

Make a batch of simple syrup: in a saucepan, combine equal amounts of water and sugar. Heat, stirring occasionally, until dissolved. The amount needed varies based on the sweetness of your flavoring and your own personal taste. Happily, simple syrup can last in your refrigerator for days and has many uses (iced coffee or tea, cocktails, marinades, etc.).

2. Find flavor.

Stir in your fresh flavors of choice. From mint to even wine, the possibilities are endless! For a fruit-forward treat, we love Italian juices, sparkling sodas, pureed berries, or roasted stone fruit. When we crave something slightly richer, we add chilled espresso, melted dark chocolate, and/or almond milk.

3. Freeze, freeze, and freeze again.

Pour the mixture into a metal pan, and place it in the freezer. After 30 minutes, break up the crystals that have formed. Stir the granita, and return the pan to the freezer. Repeat every 30 minutes until frozen all the way through, about 3 hours.

4. Get creative (or don't). 

Once your granita is ready, consider potential toppings, pairings, or recipes based on your selected flavoring. Whipped cream? Sliced fruit? Cocktail?

5. Serve!

Rake a fork through the granita one last time, add your toppings, and enjoy!

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Italian granita with cannoli cones at Eataly NYC Flatiron

Get a taste of our housemade granita at your local Eataly!