The heat of this past week prompted me to try a frozen treat a little more grown up than popsicles, although I’m not knocking popcicles. I wanted something simple, and I wanted to use up the watermelon taking precious space in my refrigerator. I was thinking this could also become a more family friendly Watermelon Limeade Granita by omitting the alcohol, and increasing the amount of lime juice and sugar. Don’t be surprised if I give you more granita possibilities before the summer is out. I’m on a granita roll, playing around with different flavors. I also made an amazing espresso granita that’s my favorite so far.
Puree your watermelon flesh by throwing it into a food processor, or whiz it with an immersion blender.
Watermelon Margarita Granita
2 1/2 cups watermelon puree
Juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water)
1/2 cup tequila
Combine ingredients in a shallow baking dish and place in the freezer. When slushy ice begins to form around the edges (20 to 30 minutes), use a fork to rake the ice back into the mixture. Repeat this every 20 to 30 minutes until the mixture is completely frozen and granular.
Serve in dishes that have been pre-chilled in the freezer, and garnish with a small watermelon wedge.