In the throes of the hottest time of year, one of the best ways to cool off is with an ice-cold treat. If you’re looking for something more unique than a Natty Boh or an ice cream cone, turn to glitzy granitas. These concoctions star crushed ice flavored with refreshing ingredients like bright citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh herbs. Here are five great granitas to savor this summer.
The Four Seasons’ upscale steakhouse serves the Pretty in Pink Granita with hibiscus, mascarpone crème, rhubarb sorbet, and vanilla-ginger gelée ($12). It’s almost too delicate to devour!
Watermelon and basil are the epitome of summer, so they’re the perfect pairing for the slush at Logan Tavern ($10). The two ingredients are used to infuse vodka, which is then frozen, shaved finely, and topped with sparkling wine and fresh basil.
For a savory take on granita, try the Scallop Margarita at Ris ($17). Lime-marinated scallops are accompanied by chilies, orange, sour cream, avocado, and tequila ice.
This shape-shifting coffee shop, bar, and restaurant serves a variety of worldly snow cones, which are basically the everyman’s granita ($6). Current flavors include Puebla with tequila, grape, and mezcal; Louisville with bourbon, mint, and orange cordial; and Bogota with dark rum, cold brew, and vanilla.
If you’re really committed to “rosé all day,” then try it in granita form. Tredici’s Whispering Angel Rosé Granita is a frozen blend of Whispering Angel Rosé, lime juice, sugar, and hibiscus ($9). It’s topped with candied hibiscus, fleur de sel, and olive oil.