Recipe: Fresh Orange Granita

·  1/2 cup sugar
·  1/2 cup water
·  2 tablespoons orange liqueur
·  1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
·  1/2 tablespoon orange zest

Combine the sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Remove from heat and add the orange liqueur, orange juice and orange zest.
Allow the mixture to cool.
Pour it into a shallow pan and put in the freezer.
Stir with a fork every 30-45 minutes until ice crystals form throughout the pan.

Serving Idea
Place granita in a frosted martini glass and garnish with fresh orange slices and sprigs of mint.