There's nothing like the real thing. I gotta remind myself regularly that the possibility of going with the real thing should not be taken for granted. Styling icy stuff sometimes makes me nervous and I resist using the real thing. Do I want to take on risk for aesthetics? Yes. And no. I know a granita has a limited set time, but will the photographer, art director and client adjust their pace to catch my icy creation on "film" while it is fresh and pretty? Maybe. Maybe not.
We used the real thing this time. Made me happy. And crazy. Thank heaven for the small things we typically take for granted.