Mango Cucumber Mint Granita

Some recipes come about when you least expect them — take this mango cucumber mint granita for instance. One evening I was making a batch of our agua de pepino for some cucumber margaritas when I got this wild idea to combine mangos, cucumbers, and mint to make a granita. A granita is what I call a classy snow cone or raspa. A granita is a perfect end to a spicy meal; it’s cool and refreshing and in this case a little fruity. In this granita I like the delicate blend of the three main ingredients. This sweet, ice cold dessert is a perfect blend on ones palate which amazingly captures the sweetness of the mango, the freshness of the cucumber, and the herbal fragrance of the mint in every spoonful. Try topping your granita with extra fruit, a light cookie, or a simple sprig of mint.

Mangos always scream summer to me and we eat them sliced, diced, baked, and even as a sorbet. I know mangos are available year round in some areas, but they don’t always have that deep tropical flavor like they do during the summer. There are several types of mangos so shop for one that is slightly soft to the touch and has a floral scent. Stay away from those with a skin which is too wrinkly.

I like that this recipe only takes about thirty minutes to make, not including the freezing time required. All you do is peel and roughly chop your ingredients, blend your ingredients, put the mixture into a glass dish, freeze it, and then use an ice cream scooper or a fork to create thick granule like ice shavings. When serving a granita you can always dress it up or down depending on the mood you want to create. For a casual affair you can serve it in a colorful or simple ramekin or if it’s a fancy schmancy affair you’re hosting try serving it in a pretty martini glass like our Jamaica Ginger Granita. The serving options are endless and the choice is yours to create.

Summer is almost over and although I am saddened to see it come to a finale, this recipe is my ode to summer along with my favorite fruit, the gorgeous and delicioso mango.

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Mango Cucumber Mint Granita

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Granita Mixture:
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and roughly chopped
¼ cup lime juice
1 large cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
Pinch of salt
1 to 2 mint leaves

Garnish:
Mint leaves

Directions:

Simple Syrup:
In a medium size saucepan combine the sugar and water. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool off. Reserve.

Granita Mixture:
In a blender add the cooled simple syrup, mango, lime juice, cucumber, salt, sprig of mint and blend until smooth. Strain into an 8”x8” baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until ready to serve.

Freeze for two to three hours and gently scrape the top layer with a fork. Repeat every two hours until all of it has been scraped.

Scoop into a ramekin or martini glass, add a sprig of mint or seasonal fruit for garnish and enjoy.

Written by Veronica / Photos by Veronica

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11 Responses to “Mango Cucumber Mint Granita”

  1. 1
    Eliana — September 10, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Que Rico! Perfect for these last few days of summer.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — September 11th, 2012 @ 4:11 am

      Gracias and Ditto!!

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    Victoria at Flavors of the Sun — September 11, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    I love making granitas (or raspados–sometimes with chile added) and this recipe looks great. Thanks for reminding me of something I love and haven’t made in a long while and for providing such a lovely recipe.

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    vangie soza — September 11, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    Umm, looks so refreshing, makes my mouth water

  4. 4
    Deborah — September 12, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    I love the addition of the cucumber – it’s so unexpected, but I bet so refreshing!

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    sunidhi — September 15, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Hi, This looks very yummy and mouth watering. definitely i will try and let u know. you have described it really good anyone can follow it . thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    • Muy Bueno replied: — September 17th, 2012 @ 7:52 am

      Sunidhi, thank you. Glad you were able to follow along.

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    Lea — September 17, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    I made this as a chilled soup for dessert and my friends absolutley loved it!! Everyone asked for the recipe….This is definitely going into my repertoire

    • Muy Bueno replied: — September 17th, 2012 @ 7:51 am

      Lea, what an awesome idea! I will have to give it a try. Nice way to change up our recipe and give it your own delicious twist. I love it!

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    Sharron Links — September 30, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    I knew this granita was your recipe, Veronica, as I was there with you in Germany when you made the delicious ginger granita…that was such a delight to enjoy in the evening while watching TV with the family….I am sure this one is just as tasty…beautiful photos too!!!!!! xoxoxo

    • Muy Bueno replied: — October 7th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

      Thanks Sharron for the sweet comments. Sorry we didn’t get around to trying this one while you were here. This recipe would be great with your warm weather in California.

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