Monday, May 2, 2011

sunday's sweets {watermelon granita}

While driving back from the Home Depot we saw one of our favorite things about summer here, a roadside watermelon vendor. Knowing we were about to do a lot of work outside in the 90 degree heat, I thought something light and refreshing would be the perfect treat.

I used some Amir Picon {a sour orange liqueur from Paris, similar to a Campari} to give this sweet some depth, but since you can't really purchase it here, I suggest using perhaps a gin, tequila, or mint. This recipe is really easy, and measurements are mostly to taste.

1/2 seedless watermelon
about 2 tablespoons of simple syrup {depending on how ripe the watermelon is, you may need more}
about 2 tablespoons of some kind of liquor {this amount is really up to your taste}

Cut up watermelon in cubes and add to the food processor. Mash it up pretty well and then strain the fruit into a bowl. Add simple syrup and liquor, or pureed mint. Stir.

Pour into a shallow cake pan and put into the freezer, uncovered. Let the mixture sit in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes, basically until the edges are starting to freeze. With a fork, start moving all the frozen edges into the middle. Put back into the freezer and repeat the process until the mixture is slightly frozen but still light and fluffy.

Enjoy on a hot summer day!

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