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Pineapple Mint Granita Recipe

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

Boozy Pineapple Mint Granita is super refreshing and really easy to make! A perfect semi-frozen treat for hot summer days.


Boozy Pineapple Mint Granita is such a perfect drink for hot days! Is it a drink, is it a dessert? Does it matter?

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It’s so tasty and refreshing. It’s really an adult slushy that will cool you down on hot summer days. This boozy Pineapple Mint Granita is made with fresh pineapple juice, rum, and mint.


It’s so easy to make and perfect to have in the freezer for hot days! Although, we love it in the fall and winter, too! You don’t need an ice cream maker or popsicle molds, only a fork! Using that fork you have a delicious cold treat in only a few hours.No special equipment required. Score!

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Granita is an easy treat to make, even with alcohol. Most recipes call for just three or four ingredients. It only takes a little time to turn it into sweet little ice pieces you can scoop into a glass, and even better when it’s boozy!

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What is the difference between sorbet and granita?

Granita is only really different from sorbet in that it has a crunchier texture due to the freezing process. It’s crunchy delicious ice!

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How do you Make Granita?

The easiest way to make this pineapple granita is to freeze the whole mixture and scrape with a fork through the ice crystals occasionally. This results in a coarser texture which we prefer as it’s not as messy to serve. This way you can decide if you want to eat it like a dessert with a spoon or drink it with a straw. Depends how warm it is, right?!
You can also add more rum to the glass which gets you more of a slush texture. This is a personal preference and depends how much rum you want in your Pineapple Mint Granita.

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How long can you keep granita in the freezer?

This rum granita will keep it’s quality for up to one week in the freezer. Before serving, just let the pan of alcoholic granita remain on the kitchen counter for 5-10 minutes. Then, use a spoon to scrape large curls of the ice into dessert bowls, or cocktail glasses.
You do have to have some patience when making this because it does take some time. You have to scrape it every hour or so for it to come out fluffy rather than icy and hard. No one wants that! When you add alcohol to the mix like we have done, it does become a sightly less involved process because the granita won’t set hard.
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What Ingredients are Needed for the Pineapple Mint Granita?

  • Pineapple
  • Mint
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Golden Rum
This does mean less scraping on your part. Yay! This Pineapple Mint Granita needs to be scraped with a fork every hour for 3 to 4 hours. Make sure to mix the granita well every time, scraping down the sides. The idea is to prevent ice crystals from forming so you wind up with a consistency similar to sorbet.
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Three hours is good for this rum granita, but four hours will guarantee the consistency is smooth. We recommend serving immediately, but you can hold it for 24 hours or so if you need to.


Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. Granita is originally from Sicily and it’s available all over Italy. It has a more crystalline texture than sorbet and the chunkiness varies around different places in Italy.
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Yield: 3 cups

Pineapple Mint Granita Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

This pineapple mint granita is accompanied by some golden rum! Boozy and flavorful, this icy dessert is a great treat!


  • 2 cups pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, torn up
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 ounces gold rum


    1. Put pineapple in food procesor or blender. Cover and blend on high speed 1 minute until smooth. Strain pineapple puree into measuring cup. Use 3/4 cup pineapple juice and add to small saucepan.
    2. Add mint, sugar and water to juice in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high. Cook 1 minute, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Stir in rum.
    3. Strain mixture into 8 inch baking dish, removing mint leaves. Cool completely.
    4. Scrape mixture with fork until fluffy every hour for 4 hours. Serve immediately.


You can use canned pineapple juice, but fresh will taste better and seems to freeze better as well.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: .1gSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 47.8gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 44.2gProtein: .6g

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