Orange Granita

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Mmmm…my first encounter with granita…that was something truly amazing.

It happened during my vacation in Italy a couple of years ago.

Oh, I will never forget that moment.

Actually, I was spending the holiday with my sister and her family then. One lovely morning we decided to have a proper look at the village we were staying in…so – under the burning Italian sun – we walked every street, saw every sight and met ever person possible.

Phew!

My feet still get depressed when they remember that.

After a couple of hours, as knackered as people can get, we decided to relax in a cute café sitting on top of a hill and offering a magnificent sea view.

And GRANITA.

First of all, the cup I was given amazed me with its wonderfully colorful content.

And then…wow…that first mouthful…OH, THAT FIRST MOUTHFUL…it was the most refreshing,  invigorating and memorable dessert in my whole life.

During all the years that followed, just until recently, I hadn’t even dared to think I could prepare that delectable treat at home (you know, they make it in those big ‘freezing-and-mixing’ tanks).

But now the things have changed.

And you know what?

Granita might be the simplest and easiest dessert there is.

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THESE are the ingredients!

1. First, pour the juice into a saucepan and place it over medium-low heat.
2. Add the sugar and stir.

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3. Add the lemon juice and continue stirring just until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Remove from heat.

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5. Then find a larger (4 cup – 1 liter) ‘freezer-friendly’ container and pour the mixture in.
6. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and put in your freezer.

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7. After about 2 hours into the freezing process, remove the container from the freezer and move the liquid around with a fork, breaking the forming crystal structure. Put back in the freezer.
8. Repeat this process about 3 more times (every 2 hours). Then let freeze for as long as you wish.

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This is what I got after leaving the mixture in the freezer overnight.

Wonderful granita!

See? It’s doubled in volume.

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To serve the orange granita, you can use some fresh oranges. Just cut an orange in half and, using a spoon, remove its flesh. Let freeze for a couple of hours. That way you’ll get a nice, cooling and impressive bowl.

Enjoy, dear friends.

Ice Shot Glasses

See?

I really am experimenting with ice these days.

And I love it!

My freezer is a source of fun, joy and so needed cool refreshment these days.

First I made the Colorful Ice Cubes (you can check out the lovely cuties here).

And because I usually have a hard time letting go of things, I just knew I have to give the freezer a new job of some kind.

The other day I stumbled upon this strange looking thing in a shop.

After I surveyed it for awhile, I thought to myself with rising excitement:

Hm. What could this be…?

Hey!

Hey!!!

“LIKE REALLY?”

To my horror I found out I had said the last two words out loud and rather loudly.

The embarrassment!

Subsequently, I tried my best to look invisible to a couple of shoppers who were eying me up and down, threw the thing into the shopping basket and headed to the counter at sonic speed.

In spite of the embarrassment, I felt like I was the happiest person on the planet … because what I found were ICE SHOT GLASSES MOLDS!

I hadn’t even known they existed!

A very special note: If you’d like to have molds like these then check out this colorful GIVEAWAY!

Anyway, as soon as I came home a craze began.

I gathered two sprigs of my beloved, new planted mint

…some sugar heart decorations…

…and some sugar rice decorations too.

I threw all the stuff into the molds.

Filled the molds with water.

And stuck this magical, interior-creating thing in.

Then I popped the molds into the freezer.

After a couple of hours I got this.

The coolest shot glasses ever.

Literally!

I got so amazed by these cuties that my fantasy started running wild:

What if I filled the molds with fruit juice?

Or jello?

Or melted chocolate?

The possibilities are endless.

I can’t wait to give all these ideas a try…

No More Water in Your Drink

It’s so hot these days.

As a result, I need a nice cool drink all the time. Actually, I have a long straw and a huge jar positioned in the center of my place and I walk around sipping on something constantly.

Whatever I do.

Cooking, blogging, ironing… sleeping.

Really.

NOT!

But almost.

So yes, these days I’ve been attached to various iced drinks both physically and emotionally. Which made me contemplate the quality of these drinks. Because I want the first gulp to be of the same quality as the last one. I refuse to accept the situation when my drinks get all watered down from the ice cubes that I had added in.

That’s bad.

Really bad.

Like, I am able to accept many things, but not this one.

I guess it’s even against the basic human rights to have a drink like that.

It’s simply too much.

For this reason, I started to freeze all drinks that I like and transform them into ice cubes. That way, until there’s a freezer in my life, I will never ever have to drink a watered down beverage.

My sweet little victory.

This is frozen raspberry tea.

With a mint leaf inside.

The process of making these cubes is easy.

Just easy.

You prepare your favorite drink, add sugar (if you use it), let it cool a little, pour it into your ice cube tray and freeze it.

That’s it.

I use the cubes for my fruit tea …

… and for my mint tea too.

Yeah, those are mint tea ice cubes.

Yum!

And guess what these are.

Hint: They go to a Frappé Coffee.

Yes, they are coffee ice cubes.

Double yum!

I love these cubes and these drinks. They make summer so much more enjoyable.

Now I’m curious – what is your favorite summer drink, dear friends?

I would LOVE to know…