brown sugar, limes, watermelon, mint
At the end of summer, there are a few things you have to capitalize on—like getting one of those last beautiful, juicy watermelons before they disappear. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest grocery store and pick one up because this recipe is so easy and so yummy.
Serve up our Watermelon Granita at your next football watch party. Those last precious tastes of summer have to be good, so don’t wait until next watermelon season to give this refreshing sweet treat a try!
1 ½ cups water
½ cup raw brown sugar or Demerara sugar
Juice of 6 limes (about ½ cup)
1 cup watermelon, puréed
¼ cup lime zest, finely grated
Fresh mint, for garnish
Combine your water and sugar in a small pot and place over medium heat until the sugar dissolves to make a simple syrup. Remove from heat.
Set aside about ½ cup of simple syrup (at room temperature) for later.
Add into your remaining simple syrup the watermelon, lime juice, and lime zest. Let sit for 30 minutes. Strain out the lime zest (optional).
Pour the watermelon mixture into a 9-by-9-inch baking dish and place into the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Using a fork, stir the granita mixture well and freeze for another 30 minutes.
Repeat this process until the mixture has been in the freezer for four hours.
Serve in a short tumbler or martini glass drizzled with some additional simple syrup and topped with a sprig of mint.