Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summertime Simplicity: Lime & Rosemary Granita


A friend was supposed to come over for dinner on a recent sweltering Sunday, but she canceled on me.  Hmmpf. This simple and refreshing granita is just one of the many scrumptious things that she missed!

Lime & Rosemary Granita
 1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 large sprig of rosemary
Zest of 1 lime
Juice from 3-4 limes; more if you prefer things on the tart side, which I do (Also use more  if your limes, like mine, have been inexplicably dried-up and nearly juice-less. I had to use 5 limes for this.)

Combine all the ingredients except the lime juice in a sauce pot and slowly bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and add the lime juice. When cool, pour into a shallow rectangular casserole dish and freeze. Every 30-45 minutes, give the granita a stir in order to prevent the liquid from freezing into a uniform solid mass. You want a slushy consistency. Once there's no more liquid, it's ready to serve. 

The rosemary gives nice depth to a dish that could otherwise be somewhat one-note. And since my friend canceled, there's been more for me (and Poppa Trix, of course!)  to enjoy.  For extra oomph, splash a little (or ... a lot) of Hendrick's gin over the top before serving.  Hic!






29 comments:

  1. What I love about granitas is how easy they are to make. I love the flavors in yours.

    xo

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  2. This is sooo cool (pardon the pun) and something I am definitely going to try! Thanks for sharing and your friend definitely missed a great moment...come visit when you can...

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  3. Shame on your friend... are you posting about the rest of the dishes she missed in the upcoming posts? ;-)) I love granitas, they're very common in Spain too. I've never tried lime though. It's raining and cold here right now (honest!), have to wait some more days to try granitas.

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  4. Love granitas when serve in fancy restaurants to cleanse the palate between dishes. Great idea making some. And sorry your friend canceled...clearly to bad for them!!

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  5. Just found the blog.

    That looks so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a unique granita! The combination of lime and rosemary sounds terrific!

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  7. I am not too happy either when people canceled at the last minute and all the food is ready, oh well too bad for your friend, she missed the beautiful granita. I started using rosemary in some sweet settings and it's so fragrant that gives a very nice kick to final flavor. Lovely granita!

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  8. Wow, Trix this is summertime in a bowl (or glass!) Simple and beautiful... Just how I like it. I'm so intrigued to find out how the rosemary tastes in that with the limes. Mmm! x

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  9. beautiful!and so refreshing!i need your granita,it's a hot air here!

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  10. Simple and refreshing. A great combination on a hot day!

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  11. sounds great love the rosemary hope you have a fab weekend

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  12. Trix does it again! Unique and interesting combination of flavors and so perfect for those hot, sticky summer days we're due for here any moment in NYC!

    Your fan always,
    ~ Cleo

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  13. It makes me mad to when people cancel at the last minute and not that is goes to waste but lots more uneccessary food and cost! too bad for your friend, this is a beautiful granita and I wouldnt never cancel on you!!!!!.

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  14. maybe not the same but back home we just called these ice freezes - grandmother made one with pineapple bits and white grape juice, same method, and boy, would I eat it up ... the rosemary would definitely add an interesting flavor, esp with the gin - yeah, hic!

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  15. Thanks for your recipe for the granita, love the combination of rosemary and lime, I want to try it this summer, your friend really missed out!

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  16. Fantastic granita. Love the delicate combination of rosemary and lime. This would be perfect with this unrelenting heat these days.

    Cheers!

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  17. what a perfect summery granita! the combination of flavours is spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing and your friends loss is our gain!

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  18. I like this idea! I also like that you do not have to use an appliance to break up the slush. Of course a splash of gin will make it all the better.

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  19. Looks delish! We are having a friend over for dinner too (who better not cancel) and I'm making pink lemonade ice cream--maybe we can trade samples of frozen treats later?

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  20. Mmm...your granita looks very refreshing. Would be great for summer. Your friend really missed out!

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  21. Nice use of rosemary to make a difference. summer, how I miss you.

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  22. Simple, unique and memorable! I do envy your foodie mind Trix :)

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  23. Your friend missed out! This looks refreshing and it would make a perfect amuse bouche on hot, sweltering days. I may just try this soon...

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  24. I love slushies!! I love rosemary! I love sugar, too! Yum Trixie! Too bad for canceled plans (maybe it was this sweltering heat), but good for you and Poppa Trix!

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  25. Love it.

    Love it love it love it.

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  26. ooo, how refreshing. i love the light color. i promise to always show up if you invite me for dinner! ::hint, hint:: ;)-

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  27. I love ur food Trix..everything looks sweet, fresh and sparkling. Just like you!

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  28. Your friend's loss is our gain. I love the simplicity of this recipe.

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  29. I just finished eating this. Very refreshing and delicious! Rosemary is such an interesting flavour, and that combined with lime results into this frozen gin and tonic like goodness.

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