Berry Mint Granita with Rum – only 3 ingredients!
This Berry Mint Granita with Rum is a refreshing and flavorful treat — perfect for those summer barbecues, but you’ll want to make it all year round!
Here in Michigan, we’ve finally been enjoying some warmer weather. Warmer meaning it’s been in the 35-50 degree range but yesterday it got up to the mid-sixties! This is our first full year in our new house and I am ridiculously excited for the onset of spring and summer after what seems like a never-ending winter. We have a large deck, a grill that has been in hibernation for months now, and stocked fridges in our basement bar. We have kid’s toys waiting to be pulled out of the shed and we have a patio table that’s been in hiding under a tarp. I cannot wait to get everything back out and enjoy some warmer weather! Between friends, family, and my husband’s co-workers, I am sure we will be doing lots of entertaining this summer.
One of the things that always comes along with entertaining is food. I tend to keep things simple most of the time. Burgers on the grill, a few salads, and a fun dessert. This dessert is the perfect summer dessert. It’s insanely refreshing and it’s ridiculously easy to prepare. When Simply Juice Drinks™ asked me to develop a recipe using one their newly launched flavors, I almost immediately thought of granita. The refreshing and flavorful juice drink is the perfect base for a granita. I chose to use Simply Mixed Berry™ Juice Drink for this granita, but in my recipe notes you’ll see some combinations I would suggest for the other flavors, Simply Fruit Punch™ Juice Drink and Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink. The real fruit juice in Simply Juice Drinks takes out the extra step of having to cook and puree fruit to make a granita. You don’t need to be slaving away in the kitchen on a hot summer day! You can feel good about serving this to guests because the juice drinks are all natural, made with simple ingredients, and contain no artificial flavors, colors or added preservatives.
All you need to add to the Mixed Berry Juice Drink is a little rum and a little fresh mint. This is definitely (definitely) not the place for mint extract or any other type of mint-substitute. You need the real stuff here. The rum not only adds great flavor, along with the mint, that will remind you of a mojito, but it also keeps the granita at a really nice, soft consistency.
If you’ve never made a granita before, it’s super simple. Find a flat baking dish that fits in your freezer. I used a 9×9-inch pan but a 9×13-inch would also work and would actually result in you enjoying this granita even sooner. If you have limited freezer space, a loaf pan will also work, but make sure to give yourself additional time for it to freeze as it will be in a thicker layer. Mix the three ingredients together — you can do this right in the dish that you’re freezing it in. And then stick it in the freezer! Every 30 minutes, you’ll pull it out of the freezer and scrape it with a fork, stirring the frozen edges down into the middle of the baking dish. You’ll keep doing this until it’s completely frozen in pretty little flakes that melt in your mouth releasing the fantastic, refreshing flavors of berry, mint, and rum.
So that’s it!
Set the timer on your phone each time and tackle the rest of your party prep while dessert makes itself! Stick it in the freezer and go make a salad.
Pull it out of the freezer, scrape and stir, stick it back in the freezer, go cut some flowers from your garden and arrange them on the table.
Pull it out of the freezer, scrape and stick back in freezer, and go jump in the shower.
Pull it out of the freezer/scrape/put back in freezer, and go do your hair and makeup and get dressed. Pour yourself a glass of Mixed Berry Juice Drink, rum and mint to give yourself a sneak peek of what you’ll be enjoying later.
Okay, time to scrape again. After you stick it back in the freezer, it might already be time to welcome your guests and put the steaks on the grill!
Get the idea? So easy, yet so sophisticated. Too many easy desserts end up looking and tasting easy if you catch my drift. This one is classy, so beautiful, and it won’t leave you and your guests feeling like you can’t slip into your bikini and jump in the pool.
Okay I don’t have a bikini body OR a pool but it’s a pretty picture I painted, right?
Berry Mint Granita with Rum
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
This Berry Mint Granita with Rum is a refreshing and flavorful treat -- perfect for those summer barbecues, but you'll want to make it all year round!
- 3 cups Simply Mixed Berry
- 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, finely minced (extra for garnish if desired)
- 1/2 cup white or gold rum
- Mix all ingredients together in an 8x8-inch or a 9x9-inch pan.
- Place in freezer and freeze for 3 and a half to 4 hours, scraping with a fork every 30 minutes and stirring the icy edges into the middle.
- Scoop into bowls to serve and garnish with extra mint leaves. May be covered and kept frozen for 1-2 days.
Notes: If you can't find all the ingredients for this recipe, try these substitutions, keeping ratios the same:
- Simply Tropical Juice Drink with rum and flaked coconut
- Simply Mixed Berry Juice Drink with vodka and basil
- Simply Fruit Punch Juice Drink with rum or vodka and lime zest (about 1 teaspoon of lime zest only)
- For the folks at your party that don't drink, try Simply Mixed Berry Juice Drink with lime juice and fresh mint
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