Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Granita

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 6 cups roughly chopped seedless watermelon (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger divided, 1-inch cut into coins, 1-inch peeled and grated
  • Fleur de sel, for garnish
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Directions

In a blender, blend the lime juice and watermelon together, creating watermelon water. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds.

Place 1/2 cup of the watermelon water into a saucepan and add the sugar, lime zest and ginger coins. Bring the mixture to a simmer to dissolve the sugar and infuse the liquid with the ginger and lime flavor. Set aside to cool.

Add the grated ginger to the remaining watermelon water. Once the syrup is cool, remove the ginger coins and mix into the watermelon water. Pour the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Place the dish into the freezer to chill. Every 30 minutes, scrape the mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals and to keep it light and fluffy. Continue scraping every 30 minutes for at least 2 hours.

Scrape the granita into elegant glasses and sprinkle with fleur de sel.

Cook's Notes: Taste your watermelon, this will tell you how much sugar to add to your simple syrup. The fork helps to create ice crystals that will help give you a slushy consistency.

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  • on May 02, 2012

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    Made it last night - minus the ginger. Wife is on a diet, my 2 year old won't even try it and my 5 year old is at school. It won't be here when he gets back. Very refreshing.

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  • on December 15, 2011

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    Great flavor combination! Kelsey always puts a different spin on traditional flavor combinations. Sometimes watermelon can be one note, so the lime really brightens it. The lime and ginger takes it to another level. I made this as a sorbet and added 2-3 tablsepoon of vodka to prevent it from being too hard. I can't remember if I strained it or not but I think it'd be fine either way. A great flavor combination from the traditional.

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  • on August 15, 2011

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! One of my favorite recipes for the summer!
    I used a juicer for the watermelon instead of a blender and that seemed to be easier and less time consuming, plus you get a slightly different consistency that way.

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