Pimm's Cup Granita

My friends Allie and Joe introduced me to Pimm's Cup, a delightful, fruity mixed drink.  It tastes fresh and is perfect in the the spring or summer.  When I went to New York City a few months ago, I ordered a Pimm's Cup at several of the places we went to; not one of them tasted the same, yet all were delicious!  If you're feeling adventurous, order one the next time you are out!

This granita is based on Allie's recipe for her favorite Pimm's Cup.  I didn't bother to buy the Pimm's No. 1 (which pretty much defeats the purpose of making a "Pimm's" drink), but I used a local gin that has a delightful flavor.

Ingredients:
1/2 c. Pimm's No. 1, or other type of gin
1 cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
zest of one lemon
zest of one orange
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. orange juice
several sprigs of mint
2 T. pure maple syrup, optional
1 1/2 c. natural ginger ale

Directions:
Have a shallow pan (preferably with a lid) ready for the finished granita.  Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree them all together, except for the ginger ale.  Pour the mixture into the shallow dish and add the ginger ale.  Stir the mixture another time to make sure everything is mixed.  Place the lid on the container and freeze it.

 For the full granita effect, it should probably set for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy your experience with this Pimm's granita; you won't be disappointed!

Cheers,
-Aileen