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chai latte granita.

I made a series of granitas for the 2018 July issue of Feast Magazine.

 

Ice cream, Popsicles and snow cones are all essential summer treats, yet the most refreshing and easy-to-assemble might be a granita. The Italian dessert is made by puréeing ingredients (usually fresh fruit, herbs and spices) in a blender until smooth, and then evenly spreading it across a sheet pan before freezing, stirring and then freezing it again. The final result is coarse – or grainy, thus the name – ice crystals. If you’re looking for something stronger to enjoy poolside, you can easily add a shot of your favorite wine or spirit before the initial freeze.

In the following pages we're sharing 10 recipes – five non-boozy granitas, plus five modifications to those base recipes for cocktail versions. These recipes make the most of fresh summer produce, including strawberries, peaches and blackberries, resulting in refreshing frozen treats to cool down hot summer days.

 

I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but I love chai lattes; this creamy granita is another way to get my fix.

 

Before you get started

Make sure you have a large metal baking pan (a 13-by-9-inch pan is ideal) to ensure your granita freezes quickly and evenly. If you forget to stir and scrape the granita, let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes to slightly thaw, and then mix and repeat the preparation process. 

 

Granita

  • 2 cups chai concentrate

  • 2 cups milk or non-dairy milk substitute

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • ground cinnamon (for garnish)

  • fresh whipped cream (for garnish)

Cocktail

  • 2 cups chai concentrate

  • 1¼ cup milk or non-dairy milk substitute

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup Irish cream liqueur

  • ground cinnamon (for garnish)

  • fresh whipped cream (for garnish)

Granita: Non-alcoholic

1. In a large glass bowl, add first 3 ingredients and stir to combine.

2. Spread across a 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan and cover with aluminum foil; transfer to freezer. Freeze overnight.

3. Using the back of a fork, scrape and stir before serving. Garnish with cinnamon and whipped cream if desired; serve.

 

Granita: Cocktail

1. In a large glass bowl, add first 4 ingredients and stir to combine.

2. Spread across a 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan and cover with aluminum foil; transfer to freezer. Freeze overnight.

3. Using the back of a fork, scrape and stir before serving. Garnish with cinnamon and whipped cream if desired; serve.

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