A juicy red watermelon at the counter made me realise that I never shared the recipe of this super delicious boozy Granita I made last year. This frozen dessert is perfect treat in this searing heat, super refreshing and delicious. Let’s say it’s a fancy version of your childhood favorite, the shaved ice with syrups. Barf ka gola.. kala khatta being my favorite. 🙂
Making Granitas require no special skills, just a little patience, a fork and a deep dish like a loaf pan is all that’s needed. You can use cantaloupes, strawberries or any other fruit too but somehow watermelon is my favourite. Look at that color. Also, they are perfect to make granita with because they contain 92% water in the form of juice.
Go easy on Vodka or the Granita will become a slushy. I usually add it after first two scrapping. Never fails to give that robust flavor.
This one also has fresh ginger juice, crushed fresh mint leaves, lemon juice and zest, a touch of wild forest honey and Smirnoff. Go easy on Vodka or the Granita will become a slushy. I usually add it after first two scrapping. Never fails to give that robust flavor. You can use cantaloupes, strawberries or any other for this Granita and use Gin instead or Vodka if you prefer that.
- 1 small watermelon, peeled and deseeded
- 130ml vodka
- Zest and juice of 2 lemons
- Honey as per the sweetness of fruit
- Fresh crushed mint leaves
- 2 tbsp fresh Ginger juice
Choose a ripe, juicy watermelon. Chop and take out the flesh in a bowl. Discard the seeds.
In a blender jar add chopped watermelon, mint, honey, ginger juice, lemon zest, lemon juice and half the vodka. Blend nicely till smooth. Do it in batches to get a even consistency. Remember that the frozen treats taste less sweet than unfrozen ones so add slightly more honey to the pureed fruit.
Transfer the puree into a large bowl then strain it through a seive into a deepd dish / cake tin or loaf tin. I used a 9″ loaf tin. Cover the baking tin with a cling wrap. Freeze it for 2-3 hours.
Check to see if the ice crystals have started to begin. Take it out and drag a fork over the Granita to break the ice, scrape it from sides till you get to the less frozen parts, cover and put it again in the freezer for 50 minutes. Do it a couple of times. During the second round add the remaining Vodka and mix well. You can use sugar, maple syrup or agave nectar for sweetening too. I like the taste if raw organic honey.
Repeat the process until the entire mixture is properly frozen and shaved. Store the Granita covered in plastic wrap till ready to use.
Scoop and serve garnished with muddled mint and chilled watermelon and lemon wedges.