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Mint Granita

  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:3 1/2 hr (includes freezing)
July 2004
This once-green granita turns white when you scrape it.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish:

    fresh mint leaves
  • Bring water, mint, and sugar to a boil in a 1- to 2-quart saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and pour through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing hard on solids and discarding them, then cool.
  • Freeze mixture in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart shallow nonreactive metal container, stirring and crushing lumps with a fork every 30 minutes, until evenly frozen, 2 to 3 hours. Scrape with a fork to lighten texture, crushing any lumps. Spoon into glasses or bowls.
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