Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lemon-Ginger Granita

Here's a simple, lively and refreshing drink/dessert made with just four ingredients: lemon, ginger, agave and ice. The Granita is, according to Wikipedia, a traditional Sicilian sweet, whose influence is apparent in the three S's of my childhood fruit-ice experience (Slushie, Sno-Cone, Sorbet).

The thing about the Granita is, it's fresh. Very fresh. As in one whole peeled lemon fresh. Per serving.

I'm totally improvising with this recipe, but with temperatures going up into the 90's tomorrow, I thought it best to be prepared, and I know I'm on to something. Bottom line: nothing cools a body down like like ice. Even dogs know that.

Lemon-Ginger Granita
serves one

1 whole, organic lemon, peeled, pitted and quartered
1 tsp minced, peeled ginger
6 ice cubes
generous splash (1-3 tsp) clear agave nectar, or sweetener of choice
splash of ice water

Put all ingredients into high speed blender and buzz on high about one minute, or until ice is well-chopped and contents are frothy. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Pour granita into an 8-ounce glass and eat with a spoon until ice chips pass the melting point of no return... then enter your favorite straw, sip, and pucker away, happily, till done.

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