Clementine-Rum Granita

Brian and I both have a bit of an issue with overbuying items at the market. I tend to go a little crazy in the produce department, him at the meat counter. I’m easily wooed by gorgeous cherries, limes and leeks while Brian has never met a bacon wrapped anything that didn’t catch his eye.  So, when we part ways to simultaneously attack the grocery list, you can pretty much bet on us spending more cash than we intended – each, of course, blaming the other for the receipt total.

For example, last weekend we came home with a huge bag of clementines and about 2 pounds of thick-cut bacon. Neither of us really had a plan for these items – they pretty much just struck our fancy and made their way into the cart.

After consuming too many clementines to count, I decided I needed a clementine intervention and wanted to incorporate this sweet citrus into a refreshing summer dessert. Last week was all about the easy and the peasy here on MBA, so that was a definitive requirement for whatever recipe ended up in the print tray. After a little google browsing, I came across a recipe for an incredibly simple Clementine Granita that incorporates a little splash of white rum.

Could you ask for anything more Summery? Rum always makes me think of tropical vacations, and granita – well, I may as well be chilling in a cafe somewhere in the Mediterranean, right? I guarantee you’ll be enjoying this recipe repeatedly until clementines disappear from the shelves come Fall.

Clementine-Rum Granita

Yield: 6 servings


3 cups fresh clementine juice, pulp removed (about 12 to 14 large clementines, juiced)
1/3 cup sugar, or to taste depending on sweetness of clementines
3 tablespoons light rum, optional


1. Combine clementine juice, sugar, and rum, if desired, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Give the mixture a taste, if it is not sweet enough, gradually add in more sugar until you reach the desired level of sweetness.

2. Pour mixture into a 9-inch square pan or dish and freeze, stirring and raking the mixture with a fork every few hours, until frozen, 4 to 6 hours. Scrape the mixture with the tines of fork before serving.


- If your clementines are small, you will need more then the 12-14 listed above.
- Recipe from Emeril Lagasse via Food Network

28 Responses to “Clementine-Rum Granita”

  1. Maris(In Good Taste) — July 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I think you found the perfect use for the clementines!

  2. Gorgeous granita, and so beautifully styled.

  3. I just happen to have a whole bowl full of clementines ready for a little granita love. YUM!

  4. Katie — July 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Looks fantastic. I might have to try this recipe.

  5. Jenni — July 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, that sounds refreshing and delicious!! My husband and I have a tendency to shop like that, too. Sometimes its so hard to stick to the list when there are so many delicious things on the shelves!! :) Darn stores for sucking us in!

  6. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — July 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yeah, baby! This sounds perfectly refreshing – I’m just glad you didn’t combine the clementines and the bacon. Maybe another time… :)

  7. Oh this is perfect for those.days.

    We all have them.

    And could use THIS!

  8. Pam — July 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I adore clementines. I am not a huge fan of rum-flavored foods (nor rum drinks), but this does sound delicious.

  9. Urban Wife — July 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Oh yes, please! Granitas are summers’ best friend. I have some pink lemonade granita and mint mango rum granita in my freezer right now.

  10. Ann — July 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Oh, Delish! I love that your hubby likes to go to the store with you! Mine doesn’t, but we have a GREAT deal. If he doesn’t have to go into the grocery store – he’ll clean the bathrooms!

  11. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I have a habit of overbuying produce, too! I will have to pick up some clementines so I can make this granita… I am a big fan of rum, so I know I will LOVE it!

  12. Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep — July 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Yum! Looks so refreshing… and LOVE the color combo of the granita and the turquoise table. :) So summery!

  13. Vimitha — July 27, 2011 at 12:24 am

    That granita looks so perfectly done… Lovely clicks…

  14. Katrina — July 27, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Mmm what a great treat! This sounds perfect!

  15. linda — July 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    s-o-o-o excited! just bought clementines @ b.j’s…& i now know exactly what i will be doing with them!
    thanks so much!!!!!

  16. Savorique — July 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’m not going to follow exactly this recipe because i’m not going to use a “little splash” of rum ;)

  17. Happy When Not Hungry — July 27, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I love granita! This looks so refreshing and delicious. Perfect for these hot summer days!

  18. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

    It looks delicious even without the addition of the bacon. I was looking forward to it though. ;-)

  19. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

    awesome creation! I have bookmarked this one for sure!

  20. Amanda — July 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I have never liked clementines. Until now. You have magic recipes I tell you!! :)

  21. Cindy B. — July 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Yum, look very refreshing.

  22. Paula - bell'alimento — July 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Just beautiful! On my list : )

  23. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — July 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This looks so refreshing and simple to make!

  24. Barefeet In The Kitchen — July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’m thinking this might go really well with a side of bacon. ;)

  25. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve never made granita before! But yours looks divine – a perfect Friday afternoon treat for the summer :)

  26. Tracy — July 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I just love how easy this is! I love rum drinks so I know I would love this!

  27. Brian @ A Thought For Food — July 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I always think of clementines as something i have in the winter… but wow would I love something so refreshingly sweet right now!This looks fantastic, darling!

  28. Sincerely Jill — July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Oh my goodness… this looks spectacular! I’ve been craving chilly summery dessert, but ones with something new and interesting… this is just that. Thanks for sharing!

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