Cantaloupe and Mint Granita

  • Total: 8 hr 13 min
  • Prep: 8 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 cups water

1 cup sugar, plus extra, as needed

1 1/4 cups fresh mint leaves, packed, divided

1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) cantaloupe melon, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces to yield about 4 cups flesh

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 2 large limes)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and 1 cup mint leaves over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.
  2. In a blender, puree the cooled syrup, cantaloupe, and lime juice until smooth. Taste, and adjust the sweetness by blending in 1 extra tablespoon of sugar at a time. Add the remaining mint leaves and blend until finely chopped. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-by-2-inch glass baking dish and freeze until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Use the tines of a fork to scrape the granita into chilled bowls and serve.
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