Granita, Margarita, whatever! - Sweet Potato Chronicles - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Granita, Margarita, whatever!

I'm going out on a limb here, but I think I cook bet­ter at our cot­tage. I'm not sure if it's the supreme relax­ation, the sound of waves coast­ing onto our beach or the two ice cold beers I have by 3pm. What­ever it is, it works. I'm prob­a­bly exag­ger­at­ing here a bit as this dessert recipe wasn't too hard. (Thank you Whole Foods App!) Actu­ally, it was painfully easy. It also didn't require cook­ing. How­ever, it was the most refresh­ing treat I've ever had on a hot, hot, hot day.

Light, cool and super deli­cious. What else could you ask for? Well, an oreo cookie bliz­zard also does the trick but whose going to split hairs over this.
It was a 90 degree day by Noon and we were hav­ing guests for din­ner. I needed some­thing easy and refresh­ing because I didn't want to spend a sec­ond longer than I had to in the kitchen on such a gor­geous day. Besides, turn­ing the oven on seemed beyond silly. It was a nice project to get Scar­lett out of the mid-day sun and she was able to han­dle the whole process. I just cut the straw­ber­ries for her.

Fresh Straw­berry and Rasp­berry Granita

1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup water
6 table­spoons of agave nec­tar (or more to taste)
1/4 a cup sugar
2 tea­spoons orange zest
1 pound of straw­ber­ries, hulled and quar­tered
3/4 pound fresh raspberries


In a blender (we didn't have one at the cot­tage and ended up using a hand mixer.…it worked), com­bine orange juice, water, agave nec­tar, sugar, zest and half of the straw­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries. Puree until nearly smooth. Add the rest of the berries and blend until smooth.
Taste and add more agave if nec­es­sary.
Pour mix­ture into a 9– x 13-inch non­stick metal bak­ing pan and freeze for about one hour. Remove from freezer and use a fork to scrape icy, frozen edges into the soft cen­ter. Repeat two times.

When com­pletely frozen, scrape down granita to form icy shav­ings. Daddy and Scar­lett worked on this part of the project. I think they ate more than they scraped. Add into glass bowls and serve or place back into freezer. Allow a few min­utes to thaw before serving.



  1. Ceri says:

    That looks soooo good and cold. I need one already and it's 9:30 am!

  2. Heidi Pyper says:

    Yummm! What do you think you can use other than Agave nec­tar? I have every­thing I need right now to do this except for that.

  3. I Heart Beauty says:

    I like the use of agave! I've become obsessed with it. So good in iced tea. I need to make this soon!! It looks insane.

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