Cool off from the inside out with gorgeous fruit ices you can make without having to turn on an ice cream machine. (Those things can be so noisy!) These top picks showcase seasonal fruit at its ripest, for eye-catching desserts that are bursting with cool, refreshing flavor.
If you can wield a fork, you can make this beautiful strawberry ice. In Italy, this style of fruit ice is called “granita” because the texture resembles finely crushed granite. But don’t let the name fool you; grainy granita ice crystals instantly melt in your mouth, releasing all that strawberry goodness. Ready to dive in? Let Chef John show you how easy it is to make granita.
Fresh ginger and zesty citrus get together to make a fruit ice that’ll wake up your mouth. If you need to, you can pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve before freezing to remove the ginger bits.
With this recipe, you have a choice of either putting the frozen fruit puree in your food processor to make a smoothly textured sorbet, or scrape it with a fork to make granita.
Fresh blackberries and simple syrup give this fruit ice a texture that’s slushier than you’d expect in a granita. And what’s this about black pepper? Give it a try and see how it perks up your palate. Can you make this with other berries? Of course!
Think of this as frozen lemonade you can eat with a spoon. Splash in a little limoncello liqueur if you want to make an adults-only version.
This 4-ingredient granita is only a teensy bit boozy, and you can use an inexpensive sparkling wine instead of pricey Champagne to make it. Serving idea: Spoon the granita into hollowed out lime halves and dot with dried currents to resemble mini watermelons. You clever thing.
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