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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Blood Orange Granita

If you stopped by on Wednesday, you saw a recipe for strawberry sorbet, but you also had a teaser for this recipe. This was for the same friend. Basically, while I was grocery shopping I saw a really cool looking fruit. I went to check it out and discovered that it was a blood orange. I had never tried one before, but knew all of the bloggers go nutty for them, so I decided to buy a few and try them out. They were really small (probably because they were organic) but I was worried how they would be, so I decided to only buy 4. It popped into my head that I could turn them into a granita. In fact, I felt certain that David Lebovitz could help me out.

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It has such a lovely color!

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