I rarely read magazines (not that I don’t love them, I’m working on finishing up my thesis then it’s magazine time once again!), but I subscribed to Real Simple a few months ago and it was the best decision I ever made. And no, this post isn’t even sponsored by Real Simple. (Not that I’d say no – *insert winking face here*). In last month’s mag, I spotted a recipe for boozy watermelon granita and bookmarked it immediately.
Of course, I then proceeded to bike to the grocery store, buy all the ingredients – which is like..three – and make it at home.
So, really, you’re going to want to thank the peeps over at Real Simple for this recipe. I’ve got my own rendition, which I’m going to share with you here, but you can find the original (and my inspiration) here!
Now, I’m not posting this for any old reason – National Watermelon Day is happening on Monday, August 3 and there’s no way I wasn’t going to be celebrating this one. And really, what better reason to make some watermelon granita……with booze? I can’t think of any, sorry.
Make it your own
The original recipe from Real Simple calls for Campari or Aperol (which I’m sure is delicious), but I put my own spin on it and used rum (Bacardi or similar) and added a little fizz with natural ginger beer. It’s delicious, but find out for yourself!
This recipe is ridiculously easy. It does take a little time, so plan to prepare ahead of time. The best part? The boozy watermelon granita keeps in the freezer for a week, simply make sure to cover it.
Boozy Watermelon Granita Recipe
- 1 small seedless watermelon
- 1/2 c. rum
- 1/2 c. agave
- 1/2 c. ginger beer
- 1/2 t. sea salt
- Cut up the watermelon and puree in a blender/food processor
- Whisk in the rum, ginger beer, and agave
- Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13 dish and freeze for four hours
- While freezing, scrape the top of the mixture with a fork once every hour to create small flakes
- Cover and keep frozen for up to one week
- Scoop the granita into small cups
- Garnish with mint (optional)
ps. I’m off to Washington D.C. today! Have any suggestions of what to do while we’re there? Please do share! I’ve been a few times (and recently, actually), but always looking to check out new spots!