Cranberry-Herbal Tea Granita

Here's a light and tasty icy-cool ending to a festive holiday dinner.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

5
whole cloves
1
slice orange
2
cups water
1/2
cup sugar
1
stick cinnamon
3
tea bags red zesty herbal tea flavored with hibiscus, rose hips and lemongrass
1 1/2
cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 1/2
cups pineapple juice
Fresh fruit, if desired
Thin almond wafer cookies, if desired
  • 1 Insert cloves into peel of orange slice. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water, sugar, cinnamon and orange slice to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Cover; let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, cinnamon stick and orange slice.
  • 2 Stir cranberry and pineapple juices into tea. Pour into 2-quart nonmetal bowl or 8-inch square glass baking dish. Cover; freeze about 2 hours or until partially frozen. Stir with fork or wire whisk. Cover; freeze 3 hours longer, stirring every 30 minutes and breaking up any large chunks.
  • 3 Remove granita from freezer 20 minutes before serving. Spoon into stemmed glasses. Garnish with fruit and cookies.

Expert Tips

For Rosemary-Green Tea Granita, substitute green tea for the red zesty tea, pineapple juice for the cranberry juice and a rosemary sprig for the cinnamon stick.

If you don't want the hassle of stirring every 30 minutes, stir granita after 2 hours, then cover and freeze 3 hours or overnight. To serve, scrape surface of granita with fork and spoon into glasses.

Garnish with festive kiwifruit stars. To easily make the stars, cut slices of kiwifruit with a small, deep star-shaped cookie cutter.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
100
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
0mg
0%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
23g
23%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.