This is a great summer option for those hot days coming soon.  The nice thing about it, is it’s made completely from fresh fruits and natural juices, none of that fake sugar and food coloring.  It’s full of great nutrients like vitamin A, B, C, and E, all of which are needed in our daily diet.  So why not enjoy these essential nutrients as a refreshing frozen treat. Leslie

**You can really use any juice and fruit pairing that works for your flavor palate.  Some options could be mango-pineapple, blackberry-port wine, blood orange, or strawberry-lemon. And the simple syrup can be adjusted as well. Use it plain, or try different flavored teas, fresh herbs, or vanilla bean. The possibilities are endless.  Lastly, this can be served as a granita (think shaved ice) or as a silky, smooth sorbet.  Both are delicious!

Cherry-Pomegranate Lime Granita with Green Tea & Mint Simple Syrup
the ingredients

• 1 cup water
• 10 springs of mint
• 4 bags of green tea
• 1 cup sugar
• zest 1 lime
• 2 tspn fresh lime juice
• 4 cups pomegranate-cherry juice
• 1 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)

how to prepare:

• In a quart saucepan, bring water to desired steeping temperature (green tea = simmering, black tea = boiling). Turn off heat.

• Add 4 springs of mint and tea bags, steep for desired time (green tea = 2-3min, black tea = 4-5min).

• Remove mint and tea bags.

• Bring liquid to rapid boil. Stir in sugar until dissolved completely. Remove from heat. Place remaining mint in simple syrup liquid. Steep 5 min.

• Add lime zest, let liquid cool completely.

• Whisk in lime juice and pomegranate-cherry juice. Add pomegranate seeds.

• Pour liquid into shallow freezer safe dish (metal works best).  Freeze 1 hour or until just frozen. Remove from freezer and stir with fork to break it up.  Return to freezer.  Repeat forking every 1/2 hour until completely frozen and flaky.  (Sorbet option: remove from freezer after 2 hours, transfer into blender, blend until silky, smooth.  Return to freezer to harden, or eat immediately.)

so what do you think, will you be giving this one a shot?

{ recipe + photos by leslie grow for designlovefest– want more food posts & restaurant guides? go here! }


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    Quinn Cooper says:

    WOW This looks amazing!
    I’m definitely going try this in the summer when I have guests over. Great refreshing, healthy little treat for a hot summer day!
    Thanks for sharing.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

    alicia says:

    The photography on this is amazing, great job at making me thirsty :p

    Emily says:

    Oh this sounds super yummy! I hope cherries make it to the north end of our island soon so I can try this recipe.


    YOLONDA says:

    Perfect for this Summer heat!

    Jessica says:

    gorgeous food photos!

    I adore summer cherries and this looks so good!

    Sam says:

    This looks delicious and perfect for summer! I will definitely have to try it.

    sree says:

    The photos look so pretty and the drink looks awesome too.
    but. it tastes like cough syrup 🙁

    Yummi design says:

    Hey how great. Just the one I need for a party this weekend Love the color plus taste!

    Judith says:

    Hmmm this looks deliciously refreshing! Now all we need to add to this recipe is a long hot summer day… come on summer!

    This looks sooooooooooo good!! Mmmm.. I want one now!

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    Wow! Yum! These photos are so bright and cheery too.

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