Minneola Aperol Granita

Sweet and citrusy Minneola Aperol Granita is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer day!

This post is sponsored by Darling Minneolas®. All opinions are my own.

I teamed up with Darling Minneolas® to create this recipe and bring you a new refreshing summertime drink to enjoy with friends.

What are Minneolas?

Minneolas are a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. They are juicy and packed with an intense sweet and tangy flavor, and make for a great morning or afternoon snack! Minneolas are seedless and peel easily; you can recognize them by their bright orange-red color and their a characteristic “nipple” at the stem.

Minneolas’ nutritional facts are similar to that of other citrus; they are packed with Vitamin C and potassium.

You can use Minneolas in cooking and baking; they make a great substitute for oranges, grapefruits and even lemons.

LGS Sales is the citrus importer behind Darling Citrus ®, works very closely with each partner, visiting their fields regularly throughout a season to monitor crop condition and fruit quality, as well as ensuring that growing and safety standards are never compromised. Darling Minneolas®, one of the many fruits from Darling Citrus ®, are grown in Peru, and available July to September.

How to store Darling Minneolas?®

  • Room Temperature: Store for about 7 days in an open air container away from direct sunlight.
  • In the Refrigerator: Store in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

What is a Granita?

Granita is a frozen Italian dessert made with simple ingredients; water, sugar and fruit. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth crunchy fruit ice, similar to sorbet, perfect for eating on its own. It’s texture is coarse and flaky, like snow!

You can make this 3 ingredient dessert with a variety of fruits, and substitute water for soda water or alcohol; like Aperol, Campari, Prosecco or even Vodka.

How to Make a Minneola Aperol Granita

To make Minneola Granitas you’re going to need these ingredients:

  • Aperol
  • Darling Minneolas®
  • Sugar
  • Rosemary Sprig, for garnish
  • Whipped Cream, for serving (optional)

In a large jug, combine the Minneola juice, Aperol and sugar, and stir until incorporated and sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a plastic or metal tray, such as 9×13 cake pan, and freeze for 2 hours. Using a large fork, rake the granita to break up crystals. Repeat the process until you get a coarse texture. Serve frozen!

Sweet and citrusy Minneola Aperol Granita is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer day!

Tips and Tricks for Making a Refreshing Minneola Aperol Granita

  • Use fresh seasonal Darling Minneolas®.
  • Juice Minneolas using a citrus juicer or a juicer machine.
  • Use Aperol or Campari.
  • Use regular granulated sugar.
  • Make ahead! Making granita takes a few hours.
  • Fork the granita every 1-2 hours to break up the crystals.
  • Enjoy as is or with a bit of whipped cream.

Hope you enjoy making this Minneola Aperol Granita recipe! And be sure to check out Darling Minneolas® next time you head to the store.

Sweet and citrusy Minneola Aperol Granita is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer day!

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minneola Aperol granita with rosemary

Minneola Aperol Granita

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  • Author: Rosana
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Sweet and citrusy Minneola Aperol Granita is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer day!


  • 2 cups freshly squeezed Darling Minneolas juice (67 minneolas)
  • 3/4 cup Aperol
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Rosemary springs, for garnish


  1. Juice 6-7 Minneolas using a citrus juicer. In a large jug, combine the juice, Aperol and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves.
  2. Transfer to a plastic or metal container and freeze for 2 hours. Scrape crystals with a large fork and return to freezer. Rake every 2 hours until firm and granular. This takes about 6 hours total.
  3. Serve frozen with a fresh rosemary sprig.


* Darling Minneolas® products are available nationwide. For more information, visit the LGS site.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Frozen

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