Granitas, or ices, are simple to make and don't require an ice cream freezer. The mixture of water, sugar and a liquid flavoring needs to be scraped often as it freezes to produce its characteristic crystalline texture.
Make granita no more than a day ahead of time for best texture. If it freezes solid, it can be revived by pulsing in a food processor. This recipe was inspired by a trip I took with my husband to Italy. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California