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Spiced Apple Cider Granita

Hold onto fall for just a little bit longer with this dessert recipe. It's like an icy mulled apple cider.

spiced apple cider granita

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

This icy dessert is served with slices of local apples and a sprig of fresh mint.

Today we’re making a granita, or Italian shaved ice. I’ve heard the name comes from the granite stone, because when the stone is smashed, it shatters into shards just like this flaky dessert.

Even though we had our first snowfall yesterday, I’m still craving fall flavors. So, this dish is essentially a mulled apple cider in dessert form.

If you find the end result is too syrupy or not icy enough, mix in a healthy dash of water and re-freeze.


Spiced Apple Cider Granita


  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweet Seasons Spice Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine first six ingredients and bring to a boil. Stir and allow the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Pour the liquid through a strainer to remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  3. Stir in rum and vanilla.
  4. Let the mixture freeze overnight (or for 3-4 hours minimum). During this time, periodically rake the just-formed ice crystals with a fork.
  5. Serve ice shavings over slices of local apples and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

This recipe uses the Sweet Seasons Spice Blend.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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