Honeydew Granita Spritzer

This is a non-alcoholic version (and it's great) but you can also experiment with adding whatever liquor it is they add to granita.

This is from "Martha Stewart Living", July 2006.


How to make it:

  1. Working in batches, puree 6 cups cubed honeydew melon in a blender or food processor. Pour into 8-inch square non-reactive dish.
  2. Put 1/2 cup water and 1/4 or 1/3 cup sugar into in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. stirring until sugar has dissolved. Stir into puree.
  3. Add 1/4 cup fresh lime juice; stir to combine.
  4. Freeze, uncovered, at least 6 hours (up to 3 days).
  5. Scrape granita with a fork (or a spoon) to make shavings; spoon about 1 cup into each of 6 glasses.
  6. Pour 1/2 cup seltzer (soda water, fizzy water, mineral water, whatever you want to call it ...) into each glass; garnish with lime peels.

Serves 6. Of course, you can prepare this and just serve yourself a glass at a time out of the freezer! A great summertime alternative to overly-sweet sorbets. Easy, fun and popular dessert. (Comments from your editor, not from Martha Stewart ...)

Marianne Mueller
Last modified: July 9, 2006