The Secret Ingredient (Key Lime) Part III: Key Lime Granita with Vodka

RECIPE: Key Lime Granita
Key Lime Granita

Key Lime Granita

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Key lime pie is this Florida girl’s favorite dessert. This granita version is slightly less guilt-inducing. It starts with yellow jade key lime juice, super tart, with vanilla sugar and cream for a little key lime pie something. A shot of vodka doesn’t hurt.

This recipe is super tart, like a lime FrozeFruit popsicle. If you like it less strident, decrease the amount of lime juice and up the proportion of water, or add a bit more vanilla sugar to your taste.

Key Lime Granita

Key Lime GranitaIngredients

  • 1 cup key lime juice (more or less to taste)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/4 cup vodka

  • 1/4 cup vanilla sugar (more or less to taste)

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Bring the key lime juice, water, and vodka to a boil, and add the vanilla sugar.  You could add the vodka later if you wanted to keep the alcohol content.  Once the sugar has dissolved, take the mixture off the stove to cool.

Add the cream (and the vodka if you want to retain the alcohol) and decant into a brownie baking dish.  Place in the freezer, and scrape with a fork once an hour for 4 hours or until flakey and frozen in little key lime pie crystals.

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