gin granita

Gin Granita Recipe

The perfect Sicilian dessert for hot summer days


Probably the easiest gin granita recipe you will ever make!


Gin granita is a deliciously grown-up slushie. Originally from Sicily, granita siciliana is a frozen dessert made from water, sugar and fruit or fruit puree. Coarser than sorbet with a crystalline, snow-like texture, it is quite refreshing on a hot summers day and is the perfect ending to a bbq when something light is required.

Forever experimenting in my kitchen I decided that a gin and tonic granita is the natural progression from a cold G&T in a tall highball glass with condensation frosting the outside of the glass.

Granita is easier than ice cream to make. You donโ€™t need special equipment like an ice cream machine. All you need are a few basic items you already have in your kitchen. Most importantly a fork!

In this recipe, I used Hendriks Gin as I thought it would go well with the cucumber and London Essence elderflower tonic I was using. But any good gin will do. Pick your favourite. Experiment. It must be a good quality gin though as there is no hiding in this recipe for mediocre gins.


Ingredients for this gin granita recipe.



1/3 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup of your favourite gin

3 1/2 cups tonic water

2-3 inch piece of cucumber peeled and deseeded

Juice of 1 lemon



Measuring cups

Lemon squeezer


Mini food processor




  1. Dissolve the sugar with 120ml water in the saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. You now have a basic and versatile simple sugar syrup that can also be used in cocktails.
  3. Blitz the peeled and deseeded cucumber to a pulp in the mini food processor.
  4. Pass the pulp through a fine sieve to extract the cucumber juice.
  5. Add the gin, simple sugar syrup, tonic and lemon juice to the cucumber juice.
  6. Pour into a food grade plastic shallow food container* and place in the freezer.
  7. Remove every half hour or so and whisk with a fork.
  8. Repeat until frozen. The granita should look coarse and grainy, like snow, not smooth like a sorbet.



Your gin granita will freeze quicker if you pour the mixture into a shallow container.


Gin Granita




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