Food & Drink

Recipe: Cranberry Granita


Now that it’s officially spring, my mind has immediately jumped to party mode. There is so much to celebrate: Warm weather! Baseball season! Cinco de Mayo! Spring and summer soirees just may be my favorite thing… ever. You could make up a holiday and I’ll throw a party for it.

Yet being the quarter-lifer that I am, I’m on a serious budget. I love entertaining, but hate the cost of it. Especially booze! Well fret no longer, my thirsty party-goers, because I have a drink recipe for you that is easy, costs less than $20 to make, and most importantly- it’s DELISH!

Cranberry Granita

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Freezer Time: 5 hours – Overnight


  • 2 cups Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup vodka- doesn’t need to be the good stuff! Smirnoff or anything cheaper will suffice

Whisk the cranberry juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves. Pour the cranberry mixture into a 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish. Cool completely. Whisk in the lime juice and vodka. Freeze until the granite becomes slushy, about 2 hours. Using fork, stir to blend. Continue freezing the granita until frozen, stirring every hour to form crystals, at least 5 hours or overnight.

Kylie’s Notes: I usually double or triple the recipe when I make it, which easily serves about 10 or more depending on how much you serve per person. Another great thing about this recipe- it’s perfect all year round! Cranberry is the perfect flavor for a winter holiday drink, yet is deliciously refreshing in the summer heat as well. Now have fun bartending, but take it easy on this drink- it’s strong!

By Kylie Hodges

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