Watermelon Granita

The granita is a cross between sorbet and Italian ice, and there’s a cool trick to get the right icy texture. My version is made with watermelon and a little vodka for a perfect adults-only frozen treat.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

6 cups watermelon, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup sugar

Juice of one lime, or lemon

1 2/3 cups watermelon, finely diced

Good quality vodka, to serve (optional)

Directions

  1. Slice, peel, and cube 6 cups of watermelon. Combine coarsely chopped watermelon, sugar, and lime juice in a bowl and let stand until macerated and juicy, 25 minutes.
  2. Process in a blender until just smooth, then pass through a China cap using the back of a ladle. Transfer to a shallow metal tray and remove the foam on top. Freeze, stirring and scraping occasionally with a fork until crystals form and granita is frozen (2–4 hours). Every 20–30 minutes, scrape a fork through the mixture to create the crystals.
  3. To serve, divide finely diced watermelon among chilled serving glasses and top with granita. Drizzle with vodka (optional) and serve immediately.
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