When you're looking for something cold and fruity to beat summer's blistering heat, consider this frozen Italian dessert with an adult twist.
Makes 1 quart
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1½ cups loosely packed fresh basil
4 cups blueberries
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 3 hours
In a small saucepan, bring to a boil sugar and water, whisking until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat, stir in basil, and let cool fully. Strain syrup, discarding solids. In a blender, puree basil syrup, blueberries, and lemon juice. Press mixture through a fine-mesh strainer (discarding pulp), then whisk in gin.
Pour liquid into a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze 1 hour. Remove dish from freezer and stir granita with a fork to break it up, paying particular attention to edges of dish. Return granita to freezer, raking it with a fork every half hour until it is completely frozen and flaky.