Monday, July 8, 2013

Watermelon Granita with Berries

When I was in Italy last summer, street food was more for convenience rather than enjoyment. It was so hot that I couldn't sit down with a granita without it melting in the sun. With summer now in full swing, it has been really, really hot. Despite the intimidating sophistication of granitas, I choose this recipe to help beat the heat. Even though this is a simple three ingredient recipe, granitas are deceptively impressive and a great alternative to traditional sorbet or ice cream. The strong, sweet melon flavor combines with notes of sharp, tart citrus in refreshing frozen crystals. When scooped into martini glasses, crystal sorbet cups, or lime shells, this granita is perfect for entertaining after dinner. Seasonal berries, sprigs of mint leaves, lime peels, and tiny wedges of watermelon are fresh and flavorful accents. However, it can be tempting to eat it by itself in a plain bowl. Luckily for me, it didn't melt in the sun this time!


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