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Cranberry Granita

ACTIVE TIME: 12 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 12 hours 12 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, washed and sorted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest

Specialized Hardware

  • Immersion blender, conventional blender, or food processor


  • Place the water, cranberries, and sugar into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and simmer until the berries begin to pop, approximately 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Puree with a stick blender, blender, or food processor for 1 minute. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer directly into a metal 13-by-9-inch pan. Do not press on the skins; simply allow the juice to drip through the strainer. Add the zest and stir to combine. Place in the freezer until set, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. Once frozen, scrape the mixture with a fork to create a shaved ice texture. Serve immediately.