Summer officially starts Saturday and this refreshing watermelon mojito granita is a fabulous option for your summertime dessert needs!
Soooo, this is my favorite thing I have made for my blog so far. I am actually finishing off the rest of the amazingness that is this frozen dessert right now.
I got the idea because, like I’ve stated in a previous post, it has been kind of hot here in Los Angeles and I have been spending too much money on shaved ice and snow cream. Don’t get me wrong, shaved ice and snow cream are delicious, but… money.
I needed to figure out how to get some flavored ice crystals into my face without spending too much money. I did a little research and discovered granita. I had never had granita before. I knew about it in the back of my head from some food network show I watched when I was younger (I think I remember Emeril making it).
A few days before deciding I needed to make my own frozen treats, I purchased a watermelon. It had been sitting around, feeling all sad that I hadn’t cut into it yet. I thought it would be the perfect fruit for granita. It has tons of water in it and the flavor of watermelon is so refreshing, just what I would need for the heat.
My mint plant was becoming super big, and I love limes, so… Watermelon + mint + lime = Watermelon Moji…. well, it needed rum to truly be a watermelon mojito granita. Honestly, I didn’t have any rum in the house so I biked up to the store to buy some. I know that I could have made it without the alcohol, but why? It’s way more fun with the rum!
But if you want to give it a go without rum, all you have to do is substitute the same amount of water for rum. Please note that I have not tested the virgin Watermelon Mojito variation, so results may vary 🙂
Hopefully you get a chance to try this icy treat sometime soon! It’s so delicious, and the watermelon has some health benefits to it! Helen, of Well-Being Secrets, has a great article discussing the benefits of watermelon here. Definitely check it out!
A refreshing granita made with watermelon, mint, lime juice, rum, and sugar. Super easy and delicious!
- 6 cups seedless watermelon cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1/2 large watermelon)
- 3/4 cup light rum
- 2/3 cup lime juice (about 8 limes)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves (about 10 large leaves)
- Place all ingredients into a large pot or bowl.
- Using an immersion blender and puree until smooth.
- Transfer pureed mixture into a 9×13 baking pan and place it in the freezer (you can cover the pan with plastic wrap if you like).
- Freeze for one hour. Using a spoon or fork, scrape the ice crystals that have formed around the edges of the pan and stir the mixture well. Return the pan to the freezer.
- Repeat the scraping and stirring process, every hour, until the mixture is slushy and frozen (usually 3-4 hours).
- Transfer granita to a freezer safe sealable container.
If you’d rather make this in a blender, feel free! Just note you probably will need to do so in batches.[br]To make the granita without the rum, just substitute equal parts water for rum. Please note the recipe was not tested with water, so your results may vary!