A scoop of cooling, fresh mint granita takes the sweet/tart flavors of watermelon and raspberries to new heights.
A fresh and frosty treat that’s simple yet sophisticated; granitas are the grown-up version of childhood snow cones. Each icy mouthful is pure bliss on a sweltering day.
At its simplest, it can serve as a refreshing palate cleanser between courses; it adds an elegant touch to any meal and never fails to impress. Dressed up a bit it also makes an excellent dessert or afternoon treat on a hot summer day.
Best of all, unlike its smoother cousin, sorbet, it offers the ability to be made without an ice cream machine. Just whizz everything in the blender, then freeze and scrape every so often until you have a mound of flakey ice crystals.
Wonderfully fresh and vibrant, this mint granita is served on top of cubes of juicy watermelon and tart raspberries dressed with a squeeze of zippy lime juice. Its cooling properties really hits the spot when you’re craving something light and refreshing.
The granita’s pure minty sweet taste is extra bold thanks to the inclusion of the whole leaves. Rather than using an infusion as the base, I blend up the fresh mint leaves with the rest of the ingredients leaving little green flecks throughout the finished granita which impart a crisper and cleaner flavor. Top it with a few extra sprigs of mint for a pretty garnish and serve in pre-chilled glasses to keep everything icy cold even longer.
How do you cool off when the weather’s hot?
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