Lemon-lime and Bitters Granita

Mix up Lemon-Lime and Bitters Granita, made with 7UP®, today. Mix freely, drink responsibly.

If you’re looking for a recipe to impress your guests, look no further than this 7UP Lemon-Lime and Bitters Granita recipe. While plenty of granitas are nonalcoholic, this one is made with gin and bitters, making it a fun and fancy cocktail-hour treat. Extra creativity points for using the juice of the lemons and limes in the recipe and the hollowed-out peels as serving dishes.


  • 3 cups 7UP®
  • 1/2 cup gin (old world botanical)
  • 1 tbsp. Angostura bitters
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • Fresh mint, for garnish

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Ready In: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Serving Size: 6 people


  • Slice off top of lemons and limes to reveal segments.
  • Slice off the bottom enough so they can sit without wobbling.
  • Run knife along interior of each fruit to remove the pulp.
  • Set aside.
  • Press removed fruit’s pulp into mesh strainer, reserve the juice.
  • Place juices and 1 cup 7UP® in a saucepan; reduce until syrupy.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Whisk cooled syrup with remaining 7UP®, gin, and Angostura bitters.
  • Pour mixture into a shallow baking dish (such as a 9x9-inch).
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours until firm, and prepare serving cups.
  • Using a fork, scrape to form “granita.”
  • Place into hollowed citrus, and freeze until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with fresh mint.
Please drink responsibly.

Tips from 7UP

The granita originated in Italy, but has become a popular treat around the world. It’s made by pouring sugar, water, and additional flavors over crushed ice. It can be served in any number of vessels, including goblets, dessert bowls, even hollowed-out fruit. Time to get creative!

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