This cherry lemon granita is an easy, refreshing summer treat that’s super simple to make at home.

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.

Cherry lemon granita

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).

Cherry granita

Adding vodka might be necessary in that case.

Cherry lemon granita

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Cherry Lemon Granita

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
This cherry lemon granita is an easy, refreshing summer treat that's super simple to make at home.


  • 2 cups cherries, pitted (frozen is ok too)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2-4 tablespoons vodka, optional


  • Place cherries in a food processor and pulse until almost pureed. A few chunks is ok.
  • In a small bowl combine lemon, agave and vodka if using with a whisk.
  • Add cherries to bowl and stir together.
  • Pour mixture into a shallow metal dish or pan.
  • Freeze for 1.5 hours scraping with a fork every 15-20 minutes.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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    1. you probably could although the consistency would most likely be creamier rather than icy like a granita normally is. Haven’t tried it though.

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

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

    1. 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…

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