Root Beer Granita

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This one (an idea I found in Gale Gand’s Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs) requires a food processor or an ice-grinding blender and several hours’ forethought. Serve in tall glasses, with more cold root beer poured over the frozen and cream poured over the top—or just mix the cream with the frozen root beer in the food processor. Or skip the cream.




Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentfood processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturecreamy, sweet

Type of Dishdessert, frozen dessert


  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles diet root beer, such as IBC
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (optional)


Pour one bottle of the root beer evenly into an ice cube tray and freeze. Chill the other bottle.

When you’re ready to serve, process half the ice cubes in the food processor until you have small shards of frozen root beer. Be careful to get all the syrup out of the ice cube tray: some of it will sink to the bottom and melt. If you’re mixing in the cream, add half of it now.

Repeat the procedure with the remaining frozen root beer and cream, if using.

Pile the frozen root beer into tall glasses and either pour the cream, if using, over it, followed by the chilled root beer, or just pour in the chilled root beer. Serve immediately.



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