Cranberry-Jalapeño Granita

Jalapeños are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapeños have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties.

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Yields 4 Servings


  • 2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 (5-inch) mint sprigs (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes.
  • Strain cranberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish; discard solids.
  • Cool to room temperature; stir in lime juice.
  • Cover and freeze for about 45 minutes. Stir cranberry mixture every 45 minutes until completely frozen (about 3 hours).
  • Remove mixture from freezer; scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.

Recipe from My Recipes, 2007