This will be a very short post because, really, do I need to wax lyrical about a granita? And that too, a boozy one? I could sum this post up in 4 phrases.
Scorching hot weather. Juicy,ruby red watermelons. Hmmm, granita? Why not vodka?
This combination is extremely thirst quenching with just the right amount of sweetness. Freezing it in ice-cream moulds is also perfectly alright. I made both the ‘loose’ granita and the popsicles but had finished all 4 of the popsicles before I could take some photos. The addition of vodka is optional.
Boozy Watermelon Mint Granita
- 1/2 a seedless watermelon, rind removed, chopped into chunks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1-2 tbsp vodka
Make a simple sugar syrup by boiling the sugar and water in a saucepan. After all sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat. Let cool for a few minutes and then add mint leaves. Leave to cool completely. Strain sugar syrup to remove mint.
Now, add chopped watermelon and half of sugar syrup into blender. Blend till watermelon becomes like a smoothie consistency. Taste for sweetness. Add more syrup if required. Add vodka. Don’t add too much vodka or the mixture will not freeze well.
Pour into a large tupperware or baking tin. Freeze for 1 hour or till crystals form on the surface of the mixture.
Use a fork and scrap mixture completely. Freeze again for about 4 hours or till ‘loosely set’. You should be able to scoop the granita with an ice-cream scoop.
Easy, wasn’t it?