Whip up a sweet and refreshing beverage this summer for your 21 and over friends with our peach granita recipe.
What is granita? It’s a semi-frozen dessert beverage made with sugar, water and flavorings – think an adult slushy made with smooth, sweet tasting rum.
When gathering ingredients, be sure to use filtered or bottled water and keep the skin on your fresh peaches. We experimented with our peaches skinned, and discovered that the granita had a much more tangy sweet flavor with the skins left on.
If you’re not fully versed on chef lingo, then it’s a fun fact for you to know that combining the filtered water, peach slices (or any fruit) and sugar in a medium sauce pan is how you make simple syrup.
Common ingredients in traditional granita recipes include strawberries, coffee, mandarin oranges, lemon juice, almonds and even edible flowers like jasmine. It’s fun and inexpensive to experiment with different flavors because so few ingredients are required.
If you’re serving our peach granita recipe to guests, it’s easy to modify the amount of liquor and ice according to their preference. Don’t be afraid to start with smaller amounts of rum–you can always add additional more to individual beverages.
Did you know that the Arab culture is responsible for bringing “la granita” to Sicily? In the Middle Ages, the “nevaroli”, or snow-gatherers, had the task of harvesting the snow of Mount Etna. The nobility brought the mounds of ice to Sicily during the sizzling summer months, mixing it with the juice of the island’s lemons to make a perfect summer cocktail.
Peach Granita Recipe
- 2 cups bottled water, or filtered water
- 1 1/2 cups peach slices
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup rum
- 3 cups ice
- Place water, peaches, and sugar in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, let simmer 5 minutes then cool completely in refrigerator.
- Add ice to blender. Pour cooled peach mixture into blender. Add rum and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Using alcohol in the recipe will make your granita less firm than a traditional, non-alcoholic version. One will require a spoon, the other a straw.