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Delicious Watermelon Granita (with or without alcohol)

This watermelon granita recipe (that can be served with or without alcohol) is a must-have summer staple. Easy and delicious!
 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Keyword: dessert, granita, summer, watermelon, watermelon granita
Servings: 4
Cost: 6

Equipment

  • One medium/large baking pan and a fork

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cubed watermelon
  • 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.
  • juice of one lime (optional)
  • 2-3 sprigs of mint (optional) set some aside for garnish
  • small pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of white rum (plus 1 oz for pour over) if serving it as a boozy granita

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender. If adding mint, 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!