Watermelon Granita and Lemonade

Here is what I did for July 4, in case you were curious. Some recipes have been posted already, including the farro and oven-fried chicken. There will be more recipes coming, hopefully for the sticky rice (K’s mom’s recipe), the soup, caramel sauce, and veggie dip. In the meantime, some pictures and a recipe for our main drink of the day. I was inspired by a watermelon lemonade margarita I saw online. The combination sounded tasty, so I bought some nice lemonade from Costco and made a watermelon granita to go with it. Well…apparently large watermelons have lots of juice, so I had about 8 cups of juice…from part of the watermelon! I ended up using the remaining amount as just “juice”. If you don’t want to make granita, you can also make ice cubes from it (we did that, too). And, you can add vodka to make it “adult”. We had many non-drinkers and some who had indulged recently, so most had the virgin version.

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No major pictures from the granita process. Mostly because it involved me making a huge mess. Apparently my blender can’t handle watermelon so I had to resort to the food processor. And of course my food processor likes to leak liquids, so this was lots of fun stickiness all over the kitchen. I managed to clean it up before K got home, so it’s all good.

Continue further down for the recipe. In the meantime, some pictures from the party!

I was very proud of my patriotic decorating (I'm so not a party decorator).

I was very proud of my patriotic decorating (I’m so not a party decorator).

K had bought toys for the children at the party...mostly used by adults.

K had bought toys for the children at the party…mostly used by adults.

Patiently waiting by the door for guests--first party at the new house!

Patiently waiting by the door for guests–first party at the new house!

The savory courses!

The savory courses!

What's in here?

What’s in here?

More slightly patriotic decorating for our ice cream sundae bar.

More slightly patriotic decorating for our ice cream sundae bar.

 

A friend's artistic shot of this.

A friend’s artistic shot of this.

 

Brownies go well with ice cream!

Brownies go well with ice cream!

Local chocolate ice cream and lavender/honey, and homemade vanilla and peanut butter...the granita also serves as a dessert!

Local chocolate ice cream and lavender/honey, and homemade vanilla and peanut butter…the granita also serves as a dessert! Oh, and the lovely Lisa is helping warm my homemade caramel sauce. Thank you!!!

 

A close-up of the Napoleans a friend made.

A close-up of the Napoleans a friend made.

 

Not sure what I'm doing here...probably explaining the food.

Not sure what I’m doing here…probably explaining the food.

Directions for Watermelon Granita

  • 1 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 a large watermelon, cut into pieces (rind removed)
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka

Puree the watermelon pieces in batches, straining the mixture into a large pot. Add the sugar and salt and heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved (about 5-10 minutes). Stir in the zest, juices, and vodka..

Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl for the freezer. After one hour, take a fork to stir the edges that freeze into the middle. Every 30 minutes or so after, continue to do the same thing until the mixture is frozen through and the chunks are all crystals.  This will take about 2-3 hours.

If your bowl can’t hold all of the juice, save it as watermelon juice (you will need to shake it before using).

For Watermelon Granita Lemonade:

Serve a scoop of granita in a cup, and pour the lemonade on top. Or, you can use the watermelon syrup with the lemonade.

 

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6 thoughts on “Watermelon Granita and Lemonade

  1. Looks like a wonderful party! Savories look great and, of course, the dessert! The dessert bar is so fun! Sorry about the messy granita process. I know the feeling. Hopefully, it was well worth it and you didn’t break a sweat during the actual party. : )

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