Sweet Saturday: Spanish granita

Need a way to beat the heat? Try a granita! It’s similar to a slushie, but has larger chunks of ice (and is MUCH classier). Here’s a great recipe for lemon and orange granita from About.com’s Spanish Food. Not a fan of citrus? Try coffee-flavored granitas – they’re also very popular.

Lemon-Orange Granita Recipe – Granizado de Limon y Naranja

By , About.com Guides

Lemon-Orange Granita - Granizado de Limon y Naranja

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Freeze: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 17 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 2 lemons
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 cups (750 ml) water
  • 3-4 mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


Grate the lemons and the orange, being careful to only use the colored part of the peel and not the white peel underneath. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and orange.

Pour the juice, grated peel, sugar and 1 cup (250 ml) water into a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture has been reduced by half. Remove from stove and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Pour lemon mixture and the rest of the water into a glass mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Place in the freezer.

Take out the lemon mixture every hour for 3-4 hours and stir each time, then return to the freezer.

When ready, the granizado will be a frozen slushy mixture, similar to shaved ice. Remove from the freezer and scoop into individual cups, garnish with mint and serve immediately.

Alternative Freezing Method: Some cooks prefer to freeze the mixture in ice cube trays and place a few cubes at a time into a food processor or blender and process until the frozen mixture is broken into small pieces of granizado.


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