Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Rosemary, Lavender and Ginger Granita
Herb Companion Magazine
A granita has larger ice crystals than a sorbet, and does not require an ice cream maker. This elegant recipe is spiked with sparkling wine, but it can be omitted for an alcohol-free version.
â€¢ 1 cup sugar
â€¢ 3 cups water
â€¢ 2 rosemary sprigs, about 3 inches long
â€¢ 2 teaspoons lavender buds, fresh or dried
â€¢ 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
â€¢ ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
â€¢ 1 cup sparkling wine (optional)
1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in small saucepan. Drop in rosemary, lavender and ginger, then cover pan and remove from heat.
2. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into a stainless steel bowl.
3. Chill. Stir in lemon juice and sparkling wine. Put the bowl in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes to 1 hour until slushy.
4. Freeze granita completely. When ready to serve, scrape granita with side of a large metal spoon to break up ice crystals