Granita is a frozen dessert made from sugar, water and assorted flavors. That’s all there is to it. It is often served as a palate cleanser between courses or as a dessert.
The key to good granita is to use the freshest of ingredients. In this recipe, the combination of fresh ginger, fresh jalapeno and fresh-squeezed lime juice explodes on your palate. The flavor of the watermelon is an added bonus.
The bold flavors in this granita linger a little too long on the palate to use it as a palate cleanser between courses. It does, however, make for a wonderful dessert.
1 cup sugar
3 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons fresh ginger (peeled and chopped fine)
1 jalapeno (seeds removed, chopped fine)
Zest of 1 lime (chopped)
¾ cup fresh lime juice
4 cups watermelon (1-inch cubes)
2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped course)
4 teaspoons toasted pistachios (chopped fine)
Combine the sugar, water, ginger, and jalapeno in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, remove from the heat. Cool then strain into a bowl. Stir in the lime zest and juice. Pour into a flat container that will hold the mixture 1-inch high and fit into your freezer. Freeze for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to form a slush.
Place watermelon cubes a large bowl and toss with the mint. To serve, put a half-cup of granita in a glass, add a cup of the watermelon, sprinkle with a teaspoon of pistachios and top with a small spoonful of granita. Garnish with a small sprig of mint and serve immediately.