You can use fruit juice of any sort to make this simple dessert ice, either fresh or pre-packaged. Pomegranate juice is perfect. The color is deep and rich and sweetening the tart juice into an ice makes for a perfect palate cleanser.
Of course you can combine pomegrante with other juices, adjust the sweetness level, or add herbs to infuse the granita. But sometimes the simplest recipe is best, so see this as a base to experiment with.
You will need:
1 c water
1/2 c sugar
2 c pom juice
Splash of lemon juice
Start by making simple syrup - disolve sugar in boiling water.
I decided to expiriment with splenda - they say it taste the same.
Once sugar is dissolved, add pom juice or other fruit juice.
I added a splash (about two tablespoons) of lemon juice.
Now pour into the sheet pan and let it cool. In the future I would actually let it cool in the sauce pan and then pour the cooled liquid into the sheet pan after it was in the freezer.
Every 20 minutes I went back to the freezer and scraped the pan with a fork.
Now it is starting to look like a granita.
After an hour, this is what the fruity ice mixture looks like.