Recipe: Tangerine Granita and Vanilla Mascarpone

Fresh Tangerine Juice Granita

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I've been craving citrus and tasting these combinations in my mind's palate all day: Meyer Lemon Limoncello. Red Grapefruit Butter on Scallops. Buddha's Hand Citrus Eggs. Kaffir Lime Leaf soda...So this afternoon I made fresh tangerine juice granita.


  • 2 cups fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons organic powdered sugar (it's what I had on hand)


Combine juice and sugar in a metal or Pyrex baking dish (or loaf pan). Whisk until sugar is dissolved and freeze 1 hour. Stir and freeze 3 hours or overnight. Fluff with a fork and serve in chilled glasses. I couldn't wait overnight. I also topped this with mascarpone mixed with some fresh vanilla bean.

I'm not very fond of creamy cocktails (except for the occasional Brandy Milk Punch or orange blossom-laced Ramos Gin Fizz to accompany brunch in an overgrown courtyard in New Orleans), but the granita started to melt and I had some CIROC vodka in the freezer. One thing led to another and I ended up with this combination that tastes like a Dreamsicle all grown up..

Vodka, Semi-melted granita, a bit of heavy cream and scraped vanilla bean. Shake and serve chilled. I also started thinking about a sprig of thyme instead of vanilla...or maybe a crack of pink peppercorn...this is what happens when I get in the kitchen.

Date Published: January 4, 2009

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4 comments... read them below or add one


  1. January 5, 2009 2:00 pm by Pierino Reply

    Kim, the best granita I’ve ever had in my life was at Tazza d’Oro near Piazza Rotunda in Rome. They also serve the world’s best coffee. No other serious contender.

    I have a good recipe which involves a lot of freezing and scraping. But it’s too cold here now to think about granita.

  2. January 5, 2009 5:53 pm by Justin Scott Reply

    Looks delicious! Did you hear about the Rio Star Challenge? Use Rio Star Grapefruit and you could win some of the $5,000 in prizes. You can enter at

  3. May 1, 2009 7:22 am by Harcourt Breton Reply

    Boooooozze… I love party ^^ I tried this and found out its better to use fresh quality vanilla beans. I came across with which offers premium natural vanilla beans at a bargain value. Check it out. Have fun ^^

  4. May 1, 2009 7:24 am by kim Reply

    Thanks. I just posted about vanilla fleur de sel this monring.

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