Blueberry-Basil Granita

by Kiran on July 15, 2014 · 28 comments

in Desserts, Frozen Treats

Good Morning!!

Can someone please explain to me how is it possible that 2014 is half-gone? Time is flying by and before we know it, summer as well.

Blueberry-Basil Granita | @KiranTarun www.kirantarun.com/food

Since summer is escaping at a speed of light, I’ll keep this post short and sweet. And because I want you to go and make blueberry-basil granita — a selfish and delicious demand.

Blueberry-Basil Granita | @KiranTarun www.kirantarun.com/food

The sweltering hot weather of Florida doesn’t do any justice to granitas. Have it with air-conditioners switched ON. Otherwise, you’ll have to slurp it up quickly, enveloped by humidity and straws.

Be warned. It’s quite addictive.

Blueberry-Basil Granita | @KiranTarun www.kirantarun.com/food

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 4 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Heat a saucepan on medium. Add fresh or frozen blueberries, water and basil leaves. Heat for 2 minutes or until warmed through. Stir in agave nectar/sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and allow basil to steep for 10 minutes. Remove basil leaves and add steeped liquid into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain liquid through a fine sieve into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Begin the granita process of lightly scraping the top frozen layer with a fork. Return to freeze and continue scraping for every 30 minutes until the entire concoction is scraped.
  5. Serve granita in a fancy glass, garnished with blueberries, basil leaves and lemon zest.

 

Blueberry-Basil Granita | @KiranTarun www.kirantarun.com/food

Gather your friends for granitas instead of the usual teas or coffees. They’ll thank you for it 🙂

Blueberry-Basil Granita | @KiranTarun www.kirantarun.com/food

Have a wonderful summer my friends. Envelope is as much as possible with your loved ones!

What’s your favorite summer frozen treats?

 

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1 Rosa July 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Refreshing and delicious! I love the flavor of this granita.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran July 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Thanks Rosa — I’m so glad you are loving this combination of flavors 🙂

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3 Shibi@FlavzCorner July 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Beautiful snaps Kiran!!! Granita looks perfect for this fast paced summer.

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4 Kiran July 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Thanks Shibi! Envelope summer while it lasts 🙂

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5 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

This looks so summery, so refreshing and vivid. I would be quite happy to dig in my spoon it it.
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6 Kiran July 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Denise — I’d be so happy if you did it 😀

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7 Liz July 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I love stopping by and being greeted by such beautiful photos! Your granita looks spectacular!
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8 Kiran July 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Awwww Liz, thank you so much 🙂

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9 Monet July 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Oh my! So beautiful! So refreshing. And yes, where did 2014 go?
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10 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Granita… oh how many memories! I love that you used agave nectar. Sugar is so overrated.
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11 Daniela July 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

You are so right Kiran,this looks & sounds quite addictive.
Love the rich,darkblue color and the freshness of this summer treat.
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12 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Berry summery and delicious!
Lovely dark red colour…
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13 John@Kitchen Riffs July 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Time really does fly, doesn’t it? Amazing. And speaking of amazing, this granita definitely is. We’ve been making granitas too (the heat and all of that), but haven’t combined blueberries and basil. Yes. 😉 We will! Thanks for this.
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14 Archana @ The Perfect Zest July 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

just gorgeous! love everything about this.. its so easy, I must try it!
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15 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence July 16, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Love these flavors!! I’ve made a blueberry basil infused vodka before, so I am familiar with this delicious pairing.
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16 Kitchen Belleicious July 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

granitas make me so happy and yours makes me want to dance around the room to the “Happy” Song. Love it
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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

So gorgeous, I love the color!
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18 Choc Chip Uru July 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

This granita looks so refreshing, I really need to try this 😀

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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19 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

i had a Popsicle with this flavor and it was so refreshing!!! the idea of granita is delicious.
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20 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Your granita has come out with the most gorgeous color! So refreshing!
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21 Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

By serving this to my friends I would have people knocking down my door. Goodness the luscious redness of the berries next to the blue berries—–outstanding.
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22 Kelly July 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Time is just flying by – can’t believe it’s almost the end of July already. Love this granita, Kiran! It looks beautiful and so refreshing!

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23 Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)com July 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Kiran – love that you added agave to this gorgeous blueberry granita – usually granitas are laden with sugar so I cannot wait to try this!

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24 Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine July 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Looks like an amazing summer treat. What a great way to celebrate the season. Lovely photos too!
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25 easyfoodsmith July 22, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Yum! Such a refreshing treat and what beautiful colors!
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26 jehanne@thecookingdoctor July 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM

love the colours! Esp the last picture, so gorgeous!
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27 Sophie33 July 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The dessert looks smashing, tasty & so special too,..very Yum Yum!
🙂
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28 Lail | With A Spin October 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Refreshing and flavorful. Love the photos. Pinned.
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