1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1½ cups Backyard Soda Co. lime-basil* syrup, 1 cup cold water, ½ cup spirits,** and juice of half a lime. Pour into a baking pan and freeze.

2. Remove from freezer every 30 minutes and stir well, making sure to get the sides. Return to the freezer.

3. After 4 hours, the granita should be light, smooth, and sorbetlike. Scoop into a champagne coupe and garnish with a fresh mint leaf. Makes 4 servings.

*Other Backyard Soda Co. flavors include strawberry-mint, mango-jalapeño, lemon-rosemary, Earl Grey–lavender, ginger-lime, and seven-spice root beer.

**For a nonalcoholic version, simply substitute ½ cup water for the spirits.

—Illustrations by Peter James Field

This article was originally published in 5280 June 2015.
Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.