Cherry lemon granita

As if there weren’t enough reasons to love summer already (flip flops, heat waves, swimming pools, tank tops, tans…need I go on?) sinfully sweet, juicy (and cheap!) fruit comes along right in the height of it. Fruit that tastes so close to perfection it can easily pass as dessert all by itself.

Doctor it up a bit, freeze it and scoop it into a bowl and you have the most refreshing way to cool down after a long hot day outside (or in front of your computer if you’re one of the unlucky ones working this week).

Adding vodka might be necessary in that case.

Live it up, it’s Friday.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Cherry Lemon Granita
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A refreshing cherry ice with lemon.
Recipe type: dessert, granita
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted (frozen is ok too)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2-4 tablespoons vodka (optional)
  1. Place cherries in a food processor and pulse until almost puréed. A few chunks is ok.
  2. In a small bowl combine lemon, agave and vodka if using with a whisk.
  3. Add cherries to bowl and stir together.
  4. Pour mixture into a shallow metal dish or pan.
  5. Freeze for 1.5 hours scraping with a fork every 15-20 minutes.


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  1. 1

    Ohhh this looks good! Dam, I ate all my cherries yesterday! Going to bookmark your recipe! Happy Friday!

  2. 2

    This looks so refreshing! I love it!

  3. 3
    Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Oh my geeze… This looks so good. I say yes!! And definitely adding the vodka!

  4. 4

    I am so cherry obsessed right now – this looks amazing!

  5. 5

    haha LOVE IT! although I think if you’re one of the unlucky ones who are working right now vodka may just have to wait.

  6. 6

    Vodka is a must. This looks awesome!

  7. 7

    This sounds so perfect & refreshing. I especially love the boozy option!

  8. 8

    Amen. Happy Friday!!

  9. 9

    I love how cherries are finally in season and not $15 a pound! Plus you always get to sample them at Whole Foods : )

  10. 10

    STUNNING! and totally a good reason for me to go to the store today…i need some lemons & cherries!

  11. 12

    I love the deep red color. This sounds perfect for a Friday!

  12. 13

    Yum, that sounds delicious- and so easy too! Yes, one of the best parts of summer is the fresh in-season fruit. Definitely worth taking advantage of it as much as possible!

  13. 14

    Beautiful! Definitely on my summer bucket list.

  14. 15

    Looks so refreshing – and such a beautiful color!!

  15. 16

    The colour of this is gorgeous!! What a great combo.

  16. 17

    Love cherries! But they’re still not cheap here. Like $3.99 a pound so for a normal sized bag, a little over 2 lbs, it’s like…$10 bucks. And we can take that down in a day. So….I haven’t been buying cherries but I want to! Such pretty pics, too!

  17. 18

    Oh my this looks refreshingly delicious. Such a great color, too. I have never made a granita, looks like I need to get on that ASAP!

  18. 19

    Yup, definitely necessary on a hot day like today…vodka included!

  19. 20

    Oooo that color is gorgeous! Cherries aren’t cheap here unfortunately so I could probably mix fresh with frozen, right?

    • 21
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      They just started getting cheap here but yes, frozen is fine! I actually used half frozen, half fresh for this b/c I didn’t want to give up all my fresh ones! haha

  20. 22

    this is quite timely since I have about 12 lbs of cherries left from our camping trip. :)

  21. 24

    After a sweltering morning at the park…I need to dive into these little bowls. The ones with vodka, please.

  22. 25

    This looks perfect! I adore cherries, why not mix them into a granita? Genious.

  23. 26

    Crazy lady talking but I never tried cherries until this past week. and O M G loooove them! :)

    • 27
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Ok, so after confirming the truth of this ludicrous (I just spelled that like that rapper rather than the word btw) comment and digesting it for a few hours, now I want to know why?! Were you scared of them? Never thought to buy or try them? Have a previous allergy? I need to know…

  24. 28

    I LOVE how beautiful red this granita looks!! It reminds me of a cherry slushie :) great idea!

  25. 29

    this sounds so refreshing!


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