Finally, It Feels Like Summer— Watermelon Granita

Italian granita recipe

For those in Italy, you may have noticed that we skipped July—as the weather plummeted down to chills and rain—and went right to October. August is not showing much of a difference. HOWEVER, there is sun today! So, where there is summer sun there is a granita ready to be eaten.

Last night I had a dinner party at my house where my friends, husband and I all cooked up a storm. My girlfriend, Nadia, brought over a tub of cut up watermelons (plus, half her kitchen!). I absolutely love watermelons and recently made a salad with it for lunch where I threw in some feta cheese for a nice interesting balance.

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Watermelon Granita in Florence

Besides drinking Prosecco with watermelon juice, another fun way to enjoy watermelon this summer is by making a watermelon granita.

Granita is a Sicilian slushy. Some add fruit or nuts with water and sugar. Typically, you blend all the ingredients in a food processor, let is freeze in a pan, scrape it into a bowl with a fork and let if freeze again…and add lemon. Here’s a typical recipe.

What did I do? I blended the hell out of the frozen watermelon without adding sugar or water and poured it in a pretty little glass. Mint leaf on top. Done.

Cheers to Summer, finally!

P.S. A nice, cool watermelon granita is a great hangover cure from those dinner parties.

What’s your favorite granita? I also love almond granita!

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