Question of the Week: What’s the Difference Between Granita and Sorbet?
Granita – a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings – no dairy is involved. Further, no ice cream machine or special equipment required. Basic granita begins with a boiled sugar syrup which is added into a fruit juice. The granita is then placed in the freezer in a shallow pan and scraped occasionally with a fork which produces a course texture.
Sorbet – is a frozen dessert made from sugar, water and fruit juice or fruit puree, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes wine, and/or liqueur.* Sorbet also has no dairy ingredients, but is frozen in an ice cream freezer for a smoother texture which is pleasing to the palette (often served between courses of a meal as a palette cleanser).
* Alcohol slows the freezing process so adding liqueurs will result in a softer product which will melt much faster.