It's hard to believe July 4th is right around the corner. When it comes to Independence Day celebrations, there are a few quintessential fan-favorites that come to my mind: fireworks, BBQ and watermelon. So for this week's drink, I made watermelon and mint granitas. I'm telling you, these frozen slushies will change your life. They make a sweet and healthy dessert or snack. Or, they make a tasty frozen cocktail with your choice of liquor.
So far, I've had it with tequila, and it tasted like a refreshing watermelon margarita. Next, I'm going to mix it with gin because it'll complement the brightness of the mint and sweetness of the watermelon. Between cocktails, I have the granitas as a dessert or afternoon snack.
This recipe may have more steps than my other recipes, but I promise it goes by easily and quickly. Plus, it's an awesome way to use up an entire watermelon instead of letting it go to waste.
Watermelon & Mint Granita Recipe
6 cups of fresh, seedless watermelon (chopped)
2 mint sprigs (leaves removed from stems)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Optional: 2 ounces of liquor, such as tequila, vodka, rum, gin, etc.
1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth
2. Pour into a 9x13 metal baking pan and carefully place in the freezer for 1-1.5 hours
3. Pull the pan out of the freezer, scrape the top layer with a fork so it gets slushy
4. Return pan to the freezer for another 1-1.5 hours
5. Pull the pan out of the freezer, scrape and mash the entire granita mixture with a fork so it's completely slushy
6. If you'd like it as a cocktail, shake your choice liquor with ice before pouring into a glass (this keeps the watermelon-mint granita from melting)
6. Scoop the granita into the glass with a spoon
8. Garnish with a mint sprig
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