5 Ingredients or Fewer

Iced Tea Granita

February 11, 2013
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This granita is fragrant and refreshing, a perfect palate cleanser after a rib sticking winter stew but also at home as a quencher during the summer heat. I serve it in small glasses, as the amber crystals deserve to be shown off. —Anna May

Test Kitchen Notes

What a lovely summer treat! This granita is so easy to make and has such a refreshing bite. I like that the recipe allows for creativity and personal preference in tea type and flavor. —Liesbeth Lohman

What You'll Need
  • 250 milliliters (roughly 1 cup) freshly brewed tea, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces caster sugar
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice over low heat and then mix with the tea. Strain into a plastic container with a lid.
  2. Freeze for 3 hours and then mix well, breaking up the crystals around the edge of the container and mixing them with the slushy centre. Freeze for an additional 2 hours and mix again.
  3. When ready to serve, scratch up the granita with a fork and serve in small glasses. If you have made it ahead and it has frozen solid, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to soften a little before serving.

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8 Reviews

Cathy July 17, 2017
Wow! I served this on the deck at my mom's house this summer evening after a delicious dinner with family. It was so refreshing.....a huge hit. Already thinking about when to make it again.
Jasmin S. July 31, 2015
Sounds delish, but what kind of tea should be used? I tend to black tea..
Anna M. August 1, 2015
Well I use English Breakfast tea but the beauty of this granita is you can use whatever tea you particularly like and customise it to your own taste.
Dimply D. June 30, 2014
Genius!! And delicious. I used this almond tea which makes the best iced tea ever and created the most amazing granita also. Thanks so much!
Blissful B. June 27, 2013
Oooh. My mother always made lemonade tea in the summertime. This sounds even better!
Anna M. August 4, 2013
Thank you, I hope you enjoy it!
Hayleybonzo June 25, 2013
I love granita and I especially love this one!Thank you Anna May.
Anna M. June 25, 2013
Thank you Hayleybonzo, very kind!