Watermelon is a summertime staple at our house, and this (salted) spiked watermelon granita recipe is quickly becoming a staple, too. Bonus – you can make it without alcohol as well and it’s still delicious. Plus, it’s limited ingredient, so it’s super easy!
This summer treat is kind of the perfect way to cool off and rehydrate after a day out in the sun and heat, which is apparently everyday as of late. Especially after coming back from Scottsdale last weekend in the 100 degree heat!
Anyway… Here’s how to make spiked (and salted) watermelon granita at home!
Ingredients for this Limited Ingredient Summer Cocktail
- 5 cups cubed watermelon
- 2-3 sprigs of mint (set some aside for garnish)
- juice of one lime
- small pinch of sea salt (additional for garnish)
- 1/8 cup simple syrup*
*Add more or less simple syrup based on the sweetness of the watermelon. You can easily make your own simple syrup by adding 1 part water and 1 part sugar in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool before adding to mixture.
You’ll also need
One medium/large baking pan // Large fork
Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until mint is finely chopped and watermelon is pureed. Pour into metal baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Freeze for 1-2- hours, then use a fork to “rake” the mixture into a soft, fluffy texture.
Return to the freezer for another 1-2 hours and rake again. When you’re ready to serve, simply remove from freezer again, rake, and fill glasses. I like to rim my glass with a little salt or sugar and garnish with a sprig of mint.**Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for about a week after making.
Make it a cocktail: If you’re looking to enjoy a real mojito, simply add 1/2 cup of white rum to your watermelon mixture before freezing. Serve with another ounce of white rum on top. The consistency will be more of a slushy, but just as enjoyable and refreshing!
OR Make it a summer fruit salad: If taking the time to freeze and rake your summer treat sounds like too much work, I’ve got you covered with an even easier recipe. Take your cubed watermelon, add lime juice, freshly chopped mint, and a sprinkle of sea salt, and gently toss. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. See? So easy, and just as refreshing as the granita.
Photography Amelia Lawrence
What’s your favorite way to cool off during summer? Is it with a favorite beverage by the pool, or front porch sittin’ with an icy cocktail?