Some of my favorite parts of summer include eating the freshest fruit, enjoying being outside, drinking with friends, and having delicious frozen treats on hand. To celebrate the official-official start of summer in a few days, I decided to combine all the above and I’ve crafted the perfect summer treat: the Watermelon Margarita Granita.
A granita is an Italian semi-frozen dessert that consists of bold flavors and crushed iced. Usually is not alcoholic but still delicious. Just a few days ago, Starbucks announced they would have a craft granita on their menu for a limited time. I’ve taken the granita and introduced it to someone I love, the margarita. Together, they found watermelon (one of my favorite fruits of summer) and they’ve formed a pretty fantastic union, along with our dear friend mint.
Watermelon Margarita Granita
3 cups chopped watermelon
1/2 cup silver tequila
1/4 cup Cointreau, or your favorite triple sec
2 tbsp mint, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp agave nectar (or your favorite sweeter)
Pink Himalayan sea salt, for garnish
Blend together the watermelon, tequila, Cointreau, mint, agave, and juice from 3 of the limes until the mixture is liquid. Pour into a baking dish (casserole dish works very well) and freeze at least 6 hours (overnight is best).
Cut your fourth lime into wedges. Run a small wedge along the edge of your glass. Salt the rim of the glass with pink Himalayan sea salt (the color is nice for presentation. You can use kosher salt if you prefer).
Once frozen, scrape mixture lightly with a fork—it should be frozen enough that there is not running liquid but you should not struggle to get it out of the dish. Scrape mixture into salted glass. Garnish with lime wedge and mint. Serve with a spoon and enjoy.
Be careful: this will become a hit at parties this summer. You’ll be asked to make it for the barbecues you’re invited to, and you can’t really tell there is alcohol in this until you stand up from the table and attempt to walk in a straight line.
Love this idea but don’t drink/have people in your life that don’t drink/your kids feel left out? Totally cool, I would substitute the tequila and triple sec for fresh squeezed orange juice, but I haven’t tried it so if you do it let me know.
If you try the Watermelon Margarita Granita, let me know how you like it (or better yet, invite me to your summer parties).