Summer Kiss Melon Granita

 

Is it a refreshing dessert or a delicious, frozen cocktail?  I say both!

 

The Summer Kiss Melon is perfect in this cool, delicious dessert.  The light green color of the melon is cooling in of itself.  With a touch of citrus and turned into ice, this flavorful melon becomes an ideal summer treat. 

 

And for a splash of contrasting color, add a few raspberries, blueberries and blackberries on the top when you serve. 

 

Summer Kiss Melon Granita Recipe:

 

Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Freezing Time: about 6 hours

 

4 cups Summer Kiss melon, roughly chopped in large chunks (makes about 1-1/2 cups melon purée)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 tablespoon water

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/4 cup vodka

 

1.  Add the melon to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend until it's as smooth as possible, at least 30 seconds. (It should make about 1-1/2 cups melon purée).  

 

2.  Place a strainer over a medium-sized mixing bowl and pour in the melon purée, and strain it into the bowl.  Use the back of a large spoon to press on any remaining purée, to be sure you've gotten as much juice as possible into the bowl.  Set aside.

 

3.  Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.  Warm this only until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.  Then pour it into the bowl with the melon juice.  

 

4.  Pour in the lime juice and vodka and stir to blend. 

 

5.  Pour the mixture into an 8 X 8-inch baking dish and freeze until the granita becomes slushy, about 1 hour.  Use a fork to stir. Continue freezing the granita until frozen, about 4 hours -- stirring every hour with the fork to form crystals.

 

6.  Divide the granita among 6 dessert dishes and serve.

 

Recipe Note:

 

Of course you could omit the vodka for a kid-friendly -- and just as tasty -- version of this recipe.

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