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Blueberry Lemonade Granita

by Tickled Red on July 6, 2012 · 23 comments

It’s hot! I’m talking Dog Days of Summer hot! Even the early morning air has gone from cool to tepid to thick. No more deep refreshing breaths when you walk outside. There is only about an inch of breathable space enclosing you in a slick, sticky cocoon. Everything is dripping these days us, the dog even the car.

The weight of the air is so oppressive that even the thought of indulging in some cool ice cream feels heavy. My solution for cooling the guys down when they are oozing between the cracks on the porch, Granitas.

Last night, once the sun had gone down I simmered and blended some lemon, blueberries and sugar together until there was sweet vibrant blueberry lemonade syrup. Tossed it in the freezer and voila! Cool refreshing blueberry love.

Nobody would dare call that iced beauty above heavy or thick. As of right now, I am counting down the minutes until we get home so that we can enjoy a cup or two in the shade. If you get a chance this weekend, make a batch and join us.

Meet y’all under the oak tree!

Love and hugs,

Shari-Tickled Red

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Blueberry Lemonade Granita- Serves approx. 8-10

Ingredients

1-2 lemons

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups water

1 pint blueberries

Directions

Grate 1 teaspoon of lemon peel and squeeze 1/4 cup lemon juice

In a saucepan heat sugar, lemon peel and 1 1/2 cups water until boiling over high heat, stirring consistently to dissolve sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat; stir in blueberries. Cool the blueberry sugar syrup to room temperature.

In food processor with knife blade attached, blend the blueberry syrup mixture until pureed.  Press puree through sieve into bowl;if there seem to be any large pieces. Stir in the lemon juice and remaining 1 1/2 cups water. Pour evenly into a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan.

Cover and freeze mixture for approx. 1 1/2 hours or until frozen around the edges. With a fork scrape the ice, mixing it from the edge into the center. Repeat the process about every 30 minutes or until the mixture turns into ice shards, approx. 1 1/2 hours.

Serve the granita right away, spooning shards into chilled dessert dishes or wine goblets.

You can also cover and freeze for up to 1 month.

To serve, let stand about 5 minutes at room temperature to soften slightly…unless it is 115 outside.

In that case enjoy immediately!

Shari/Red

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Well now I know what I’ll be making this weekend! Love it.

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks Sylvie! I home that you had a lovely refreshing weekend darlin’ :D

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I just love granita. So nice and refreshing on days like we’ve had lately where the temperature topped out at 107.

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

What is with our crazy summer heat wave?

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

Mmm this looks lovely!

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thank you! xoxo

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles July 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

Gorgeous, Shari! I love the flavor combination…sweet summer refreshment!

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

Awww…thank you sweetheart!

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Cathy @ Noble Pig July 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

This is beautiful and yes, I agree, so refreshing! Wow, it’s time to go blueberry picking!

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank you darlin’…Love blueberry picking! Have fun :D

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Aggie July 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have never made a granita! This looks so refreshing.

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

What!? Girl you need to make one soon. Knowing you it will be fabulous :D

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Sheila July 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Drool! I’ll be over in a few..if you’ll share ; )

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

LOL…if I’ll share, you’re so funny. Pack up those cute monkeys and come have a patch with me. xoxo

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TidyMom July 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

oh how I wish I had this in my hand right now!! your pictures are beautiful Shari!

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thank you soooo much Cheryl! I get a lucky shot every once in a while ;D

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Jamie July 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

Oh just fabulous! I just ate the last of my cherry prosecco granita and I need more! This would be perfect! I love the flavors and the textures of this incredible granita.

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thank you love :D Oooo that sounds scrumptious!! I’m making yours next.

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TidyMom July 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thanks so much for linking up Shari! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/bright-ideas-for-summer/ Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

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Tickled Red July 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thank you!! xoxo

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I just bought some blueberries and I will have to make this for the boys! So gorgeous and refreshing!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles July 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

That is GORGEOUS! What a perfect summer treat!

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