Orange Mint Granita

Orange Mint Granita

Granita is a classic Sicilian treat, a semi-frozen dessert made with water and flavorings. Our version takes tangy orange and adds a hint of cool mint for the perfect way to freshen up a hot day.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Italian


  • 9 large oranges zest & juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau


  • Zest the oranges as finely as you can
  • Add water and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer as you stir until the sugar has dissolved, and the liquid reduced by about half.
  • When the sugar is fully dissolved, remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped mint leaves and orange zest.
  • Let the liquid sit for about 20 minutes at room temperature.
  • While the syrup steeps, juice the oranges, discarding any seeds you find. Strain out any pulp.
  • You should have about 3 cups of juice.
  • Stir in the Cointreau.
  • When the syrup has steeped for 20 minutes, and the orange juice is ready, strain the syrup, and add to the orange juice.
  • Pour the liquid into a baking dish or roasting pan large enough so that the liquid is about 1-inch deep, or less.
  • Put it into the freezer for about 1 hour.
  • Remove from the freezer, and use two forks to scrape and break up the ice.
  • Return the dish to the freezer, and let it freeze solid. It should take about 2 to 3 hours. Scrape with the forks to break it up every 30 to 45 minutes.
  • When it’s fully frozen, it’s best served immediately, garnishing with the remaining fresh mint. You can also cover with plastic wrap and keep in the freezer.,
Keyword Oranges
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