I should have created a post series called '50 Ways to Use a Watermelon'.
Because by the time I finish using up that watermelon from a couple weeks ago, that’s about where we’d be. After whipping up my watermelon salsa a few Mondays back, I was left with about 2/3 of a huge watermelon and nothing else to do with it. We could’ve just eaten it as-is but that would have been way too easy, and boring, so I chopped him up and popped the rest in the freezer to tide me over for a few days until I could figure out a game plan.
Then it hit me: boozy watermelon granita.
Um, hello, why am I just thinking of this now? I wish I had discovered this stuff 15 (ahem, 12, I mean 9…) years ago. It's seriously one of my favorite things ever. That might sound melodramatic, and it is, but until you’ve frozen a watermelon and spiked it with tequila, you won’t really get what I mean.
Since we’re not huge liquor drinkers at our house, I ran to the store and picked up a couple mini bottles of tequila (why not the big bottle, you ask? Let’s just blame it on The Strawberry Margarita Incident of 2013, and leave it at that), as well as some cilantro and a lime.
I initially thought two airplane bottles of Jose Cuervo would be just the right amount of sauce but after taste testing it, I quickly settled on one. Rather than scream MARGARITA!! I wanted my granita to seductively whisper margarrrrrita in its best Antonio Banderas impersonation. Subtle and smooth.
And trust me, a dab will do ya! This stuff is potent but so so tasty.
Boozy Watermelon Tequila Granita Recipe
3 cups watermelon cubed
50 ml tequila (1 airplane bottle)
1 lime juiced
1/8 cup cilantro
1 tbsp honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds until completely smooth.
- Pour into a shallow baking dish and freeze for 45 minutes. Use a fork to scrape the top layer of frozen watermelon mixture, being sure to break up any large ice crystals.
- Pop it back in the freezer and let freeze for another 30 minutes. Use your fork to scrape any freshly frozen watermelon.
- Continue doing this until your granita is ready. Then scoop the granita into a small glass and top with cilantro and any remaining watermelon slices.