It’s hot! It's slushy time!!! The hammock’s out, the hat is on, and we just whipped up this gorgeous Watermelon-Mint Slushy to get us through the day. Well, we did all that and the storms came rolling in, so we packed it up and had to enjoy it inside! All it takes is a little blender power and you’re good to go. Enjoy it as a slushy, or freeze it and scrape it into pretty glasses - boom, you’ve got a refreshing granita. Add a drizzle of vodka and you’ve got yourself a party!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
5 cups watermelon, cut into cubes and frozen
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup*
1/2 cup coconut water (or plain water), add more if you prefer a thinner consistency
4 mint leaves (or more if you like it minty!)
* Simple syrup is a good thing to have on hand for cocktails, smoothies and desserts! You can either buy it or make it. Simply heat equal parts sugar and water in a pan and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a soft boil and allow to cool. Refrigerate in a mason jar and use within a week or two.
Freeze the watermelon cubes for about an hour. They can be frozen for longer but they may get too hard and will end up giving your blender a real workout.
Add the lemon juice, coconut water and simple syrup to a blender. Then add the watermelon and blend on low speed until the largest chunks have been broken down. Add the mint leaves and crank up the speed. Blend until it has the consistency of a soft sorbet. Serve immediately in glasses with a straw and a spoon.
To make the granita, simply freeze the mixture in a shallow, freezer-proof bowl with a lid. When it has fully frozen, use a fork to scrape the mixture, and spoon in into bowls. This makes a lovely palate cleanser between courses or a refreshing dessert.