Starbucks has a new drink that is a Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita. I haven’t tried it, but I’m betting it is super sweet and addictive like most of their beverages. Once I started seeing the ads, I thought it looked so refreshing and was interested to taste test. The problem is that they are only served from 3-6pm and I am not usually visiting Starbucks during those hours. Which makes this a smart marketing move on their part because I’m sure they’re getting extra traffic during those times that wouldn’t normally be around.
So anyway. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I turned to my own kitchen. I didn’t go exactly the same route, but this Strawberry Lemonade Granita is bright and refreshing. Perfect for the summer. Especially perfect for this pregnant lady who cannot seem to eat enough popsicles these days. In these photos here, I kept this as just a granita, but you could most definitely put some in a glass and top with extra lemonade… and maybe some vodka for those looking to imbibe.
I had a vanilla honey lemonade from a local bakery a few years ago and ever since that is my preferred flavor combo. When I make my own lemonade I use a simple syrup made with honey instead of cane sugar, and I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the freshly squeezed lemonade. When I purchase lemonade from the store, my favorite is Newman’s Own, and then I still add that splash of vanilla extract.
I think the vanilla adds another layer of delicious to this already tasty strawberry lemonade granita. If you want to get closer to the new Starbucks beverage, go ahead and squeeze a few limes into your mixture before freezing.
Enjoy this frozen treat and try to stay cool! I’d love to know, what are your favorite summer flavors?