Watermelon Mojito Granita
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Serves: several servings of granita
 
When it’s hot, you need to cool off and this adult version of a classic snow cone, is perfect! Using the refreshing summer flavors of fresh watermelon, lime, basil and mint, to create a mojito inspired granita that is dairy-free and more appealing than your average ice pop!
What to get:
  • 1 baby watermelon, seedless (or about 1 pound)
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Malibu Rum (optional)
What to do:
  1. in saucepan on stove, combine sugar, water, juice of one half lime, zest of lime, and mix with a whisk.
  2. Heat mixture till boiling, whisking frequently.
  3. Once at a boil, remove pan from heat and 2 of the basil leaves, all mint leaves, stir and let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Now add rum to mixture, stir and let sit another 10-15 minutes to steep and cool further.
  5. strain out the basil and mint leaves and discard.
  6. chop one fresh basil leaf finely.
  7. In food processor combine fresh watermelon fruit (skins removed), chopped basil leaf and sugar mixture. Pulse till smooth.
  8. Pour granita mix into a glass 9x13 dish, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 40-50 minutes.
  9. With fork fluff/scrape into shavings, recover and re-freeze for another 40-50 min.
  10. Repeat fluffing/scraping of freezing granita, freeze for another 40-50 min, then remove and fluff and serve cold!
  11. *you can repeat the fluffing/freezing every 40-50 minutes till granita is well frozen into fine shavings.
Notes:
I used what I had on hand and I also used little sugar. You can easily add more if you prefer this sweeter and can omit rum if you prefer it to be kid-friendly, but there is very little added. I used Malibu because of the tropical flavoring. This make an excellent no-bake dessert after a hot summer day!
Serving size: (the cook time at left is for time freezing!)
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/08/watermelon-mojito-granita/