Cucumber-Basil Granita

The blend of cucumber, basil, and lime make this spiked treat super refreshing. 

Cucumber-Basil Granita
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
4 to 6 servings


  • 4 cups seedless cucumber slices

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 cup Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

  • Pinch of salt

  • Chilled herbal gin (such as Hendricks), optional


  1. Process first 3 ingredients in a blender 20 seconds. Add basil and salt; process 20 seconds. Pour mixture into a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Freeze 4 to 5 hours or until ice crystals form, stirring every hour. If desired, top each serving with a shot of chilled gin.

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