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Herbed Apple Granita

Fresh tarragon adds a peppery note to this sweet, refreshing dessert.

Herbed Apple Granita


  • 3 cups (720 ml) apple juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (15 g) mint leaves, tightly packed


  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10.
  4. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Pour into two standard ice cube trays and freeze until solid, about 4 hours. Let trays thaw at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  6. Place half of the ice cubes into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  7. Select Variable 1.
  8. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  9. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. As mixture begins to freeze, the sound of the motor will change and the mixture will start to flow through the blades. Toward the end of processing, leave the tamper in to encourage formation of four mounds.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Blend remaining half of ice cubes and serve.

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