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It has been hot in Dallas. Not the fun, Nelly-version of "It's Gettin' Hot in Here" but rather, the "Ugh, it's so hot, I have back sweat" version. I have tried everything from planting myself directly under the air-conditioning vent (ignoring the people that have to go around me) to going outside only for emergencies (like running out of ice-cream).
I had just about reached my breaking point when the kind folks at POM sent me lots of their POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice (and two uber-delicious granola bars) to try. As soon as I got the box, I made myself a refreshing pomegranate cocktail chock-full of delicious antioxidants (ok, so I just poured the juice in a glass over some ice but a cocktail sounds so much more exotic). But even after a glass of juice, the cloying heat lingered.
I stared at the bottles of juice, hoping inspiration would strike. But alas, nothing. Except the hubster drank two bottles of juice. I knew I had to come up with something before he drank all my juice so I quickly hatched a plan to make a pomegranate lime granita. I proposed the idea to the hubster who was sneakily reaching for a third bottle of juice. The hubster was not a fan. He said, and I quote, "I don't like weird things like grenadine. I'd just like to drink my juice." I was about to go all lawyer on him and point out that a) granita was not grenadine and b) it wasn't his juice. But really, it was too hot to lawyer (and that's saying a lot). So instead, I explained that granita was like a cross between a popsicle and a slushie. Suddenly, the hubster was on board.
We quickly concocted a mixture of POM and fresh lime juice (with plenty of delicious, lime'y pulp for texture), added a small drop of honey, and set it to freeze. Every hour, we took the mixture out to stir (and helped ourselves to a generous taste). Because we wanted to make sure it was freezing properly. Right. By the time the entire bowl was ready, we only had half the mixture we started out with so I'd really recommend making a double batch if you plan on taste-testing along the way.
Once it was ready, the hubster and I enjoyed the most perfectly tart and refreshing bowls of pomegranate-lime granita. And after it was all said and done, the hubster still insisted on calling it grenadine. And the back sweat returned full force.
In the interest of full disclosure, the good folks at POM Wonderful sent me a box of 8 little bottles of POM and two of their POM bars to try. The juice was used in the making of this granita. The bars were eaten waiting for the granita to freeze.
16 ounces POM Wonderful
4 teaspoons lime juice (with pulp)
Touch of honey
Mix all ingredients in freezer-safe bowl. Freeze for one hour. Take the bowl out and stir. Freeze for another hour, take the bowl out, and stir. Continue this process until mixture is frozen thoroughly and you have delicious POM flavored ice crystals. Spoon into a serving dish. Find a quiet corner and enjoy your treat before someone finds you and insists you share.