by posting this recipe i am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Honey Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. i received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients.
my soul has been restored.
my little family of four has just returned from a very much-needed vacation to the beach. even six days of driving with a five-year old and a nine-month old wasn’t so bad. i’m so grateful for the sunshine, blue skies, ocean breeze and warm sand. plus the extra bonus of time with some lifelong friends. perfect… thank you!
and so i’ve returned to a little challenge… honey! the recipe redux has invited us to use honey in a creative way as a substitutional sweetener. the true challenge was narrowing down ideas! i love honey… it is so incredibly versatile. this is not the only honey recipe you’ll see this week. it was too hard to pick just one.
i’ll say it again… i love honey. not only for its culinary versatility and distinct sweet flavor, but it has impressive health properties. antibiotic, antimicrobial, allergy-fighting, throat-soothing. we always have honey around.
this simple, yet delightful granita is the perfect addition (call it dessert or beverage?) to any summer get-together. naturally sweet, cool, and completely refreshing. inspired by that beach trip to the south, where sweet tea is always done right!
Honey & Mint Sweet Tea Granita
Yield 4 -6 servings
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
- 2 black tea bags
- 1/4 cup honey
- Bring water to a boil; place mint and tea bags into a large pitcher or bowl. Pour boiling water carefully over mint and tea bags; steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove mint and tea bags to discard. Stir in honey. Cool slightly.
- Pour tea mixture into an 8- x 8-inch metal pan. Cover and place pan in freezer for 1 hour. Remove pan from freezer and scrape mixture with a fork, crushing any lumps. Freeze an additional 20 minutes; remove and scrape. Repeat every 20 minutes until mixture is fluffy.