Cherry Granitas

This Italian shaved ice is incredibly easy to make, and no special tools are required!

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 4 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 4
  • servings 4


cups pitted dark sweet cherries
tablespoons fresh orange juice

Simple Syrup

cup water
cup sugar
  • 1 Make Simple Syrup (below).
  • 2 In food processor, place cherries, orange juice and 1/2 cup Simple Syrup. Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, until mixture is pureed. Place strainer over medium bowl; strain mixture through strainer, pressing with back of rubber spatula to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • 3 Pour juice into 8x8-inch glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight, or until firm.
  • 4 When ready to serve, use tines of a fork to shave surface of frozen granita; spoon into bowls. Serve immediately.
  • 5 Simple Syrup In small saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers and sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool.
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