Cherry Lemon Granita

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

Cherry Lemon Granita

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 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)


  1. Place cherries in a food processor and pulse until almost pureed. 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. Kat

    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.

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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!

  3. Val

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

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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…

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

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


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