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Margarita Granita


Spoon granita into salt-rimmed glasses, cocktail style. Rub rims with a lime wedge (or dip in water); then dip in a shallow bowl of coarse salt.

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  • Servings: 6
margarita granita

Photography: Lisa Cohen

Source: Everyday Food, May 2005


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook 3 3/4 cups water and sugar over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in lime zest and juice, tequila, and orange juice. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Pour mixture into a shallow dish; cool, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Freeze until set, 6 hours or overnight. Using the tines of a fork, scrape mixture until flakes form. Freeze (covered) until ready to serve. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Chilling the dish in the freezer before pouring in the lime mixture will help the granita freeze faster.

Reviews Add a comment

  • momaria1
    5 MAY, 2017
    Haven't tried yet but i plan to tonite. Looks delish
  • Cookingcutie11
    30 JUN, 2008
    It's supposed to be a frozen dessert/palate cleanser (hence "granita" in the title of the recipe, google "granita" if you don't know what it is). It is not supposed to be an actual margarita, just have the flavors of one.
  • Reginaaliest
    17 APR, 2008
    i agree this is not a good margarita at all
  • cindles
    7 NOV, 2007
    are you kidding me? 3 table spoons isn't gonna get 6 people drunk! worst margarita ever!!!!!!!