Lime Granita

Lime granita is a perfect end to a spicy dinner, as it plays well with the heat of the meal. Sweet and satisfying, it also is an excellent base for a splash of tequila, should you so desire.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 4 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 Tbsp. lime zest
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1½ cups lime juice


  • Combine the zest and sugar with your fingers, until the sugar is pale green and aromatic.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine ½ cup of the water with the zest-sugar mixture and heat over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice and remaining water, then chill in refrigerator.
  • Pour into a covered container and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove from freezer, and stir the frozen crystals into the center of the container with a fork. Return the container to the freezer, and repeat the process every 30–45 minutes, stirring carefully each time, until you have a fully frozen container of crystallized granita.