Lime, Orange & Basil Granita

By January 23, 2017 frozen, recipe series, recipes, sweet

A tangy and sweet summer granita that marries the sweet and sour perfectly!


Recipe for Lime, Orange & Basil Granita by Anisa Sabet for The Macadames. 

Hi everyone! Gaaaahd! It’s hawt in Canberra! Is it hot where you are?

Todays recipe I made a while back when it was just heating up, it was born from a recipe gone awry. I had wanted to make a kaffir lime leaf granita but for the life of me I couldn’t find the lime leaves I KNEW I bought. After an hour of pulling the kitchen apart I decided to improvise with this combination of flavours and really do love the way it turned out. The lime and orange create a lovely flavour of sweet and sour while the basil adds an earthy touch. The combination of herbs and fruit never cease to amaze me and I love cooking with them.

Hope you’re keeping cool somewhere and i’d love to know what you think of this recipe.

P.s Naturally I found the lime leaves the day after this shoot, stuck to the bottom of a punnet of tomatoes (doh!), so stay tuned for another granita recipe xx

Don’t forget to hashtag #cookwiththemacadames when making my recipes. I love to see how you went and get a peek at your kitchen table.








What you need:

  • Small saucepan
  • Shallow baking tray or dish

Ingredients (makes approx 1L):

  • 2 cups water (500ml) water
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • Juice from 4 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Pulp of 2 oranges
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 15 basil leaves


1. In the small saucepan, heat the water until the sugar has melted. Take off the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Pour into a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until very smooth. Pour into a shallow dish and pop into the freezer.

2. Allow to chill for 4-5 hours, then using a fork, roughly scrape the surface of the granita until it’s crystalised. Pop into the freezer to set for another 4-5 hours or overnight. Best served within a week.

Storage:  will keep in the freezer for up to a week.

Bon appétit!

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For another similar recipes, try my pomegranate & lime granita.


Or buttermilk, black pepper and roasted strawberry ice cream.

Roasted Strawberry and Black Pepper Buttermilk Ice Cream | Anisa Sabet | The Macadames-14

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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