Brandied Blackberry Granita

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Brandied Blackberry Granita
1 (6- oz.) container fresh blackberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup blackberry brandy
Fresh mint sprigs (optional garnish)

Prep: 10 minutes Chill: 16 hours Makes: 8 servings

1. Puree blackberries in a blender or food processor; press through a fine mesh sieve with a wooden spoon to strain out seeds. Heat water and sugar in a medium saucepan until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and let stand to cool; stir in blackberry puree, lemon juice and brandy. Pour into a large loaf pan (or other similarly shaped container); cover and freeze for 8 hours.
3. Scrape the top with a fork until mixture is slushy. Return to freezer for at least 4 more hours; scrape with a fork again until light and icy. Freeze for at least 4 hours again. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if you like.
Tip: No lemon juice? Lime juice will work just fine.
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