I got the idea from my food network girl crush, Giada De Laurentiis, who made a yummy looking version of this using cantaloupe and a lot more mint.
|photo from foodnetwork.com|
I'm not a huge fan of cantaloupe but when I saw her make it, strawberries and watermelon popped into my head. I tweaked her recipe a bit to fit my tastes so here's what I've come up with.
*Side note I use -ish in a few of the measurements because I didn't exactly measure anything- I just eyeballed it and tasted as I went*
2-ish cups fresh strawberries
3-ish cups watermelon (seedless) cut into chunks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup mint leaves (like 20 ish leaves)
1 & 1/4 cups water
1 cup sugar
So heat up your water, sugar and half your mint in a small saucepan stirring until the sugar dissolves. Heat until boiling, reduce to simmer for about 5 min stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and let cool.
While your simple syrup is cooling. chop the tops off your berries and cut your watermelon into chunks. Toss your fruit and lemon juice in the blender along with the remainder of your mint. Strain your cooled syrup. Or you can cheat and put it in one of those plastic ketchup/mustard dispensers like I did so you don't have to strain it and you can just keep it in the fridge for use later in your iced tea or fresh lemonade, or mojito! :)
|See the plastic thingy by the blender? That's what i put the simple syrup in.|
To serve use the tines of a fork to scrape the top of the frozen granita to make it have that snowy texture. Scoop into bowls and enjoy!
You can tweak it to your tastes, if you aren't a mint person leave it out. If you like strawberries more than watermelon put more in (you may not need as much simple syrup though). Heck, you can even switch fruits like I did!