Watermelon Margarita Granita
- ¼ cup pure cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 12 cups cubed watermelon
- ⅔ cup silver tequila
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup orange liqueur
- 2 limes, sliced
- coarse salt as needed
- Combine sugar and water in small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute.
- Puree watermelon in batches in blender until smooth. Alternately, blend the watermelon in a large, deep bowl with an immersion blender. Pour into 9x13-inch pan. Stir in tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and sugar syrup.
- Place pan in freezer and freeze 2 to 3 hours. Using a fork, scrape up and incorporate ice crystals. Freeze again, scraping up ice crystals every 30 minutes with a fork, until frozen, about 2 hours more.
- To serve, rim glasses with lime wedges and dip in coarse salt. Spoon granita into glasses and garnish with sliced lime.
Don't skimp on the tequila when making this recipe. The flavor does come through so you want to be sure to use a quality tequila.
What others are saying
Sam Dalton says:
This recipe transforms a boring margarita into a fun party drink. We'll probably make them again this weekend! Not sure how it will work with other fruit, but the watermelon was amazing.
Greg Jones says:
We make this margarita granita all the time, whenever we have Mexican-themed nights at our house, or friends over for any other occasion. We use a top shelf bottle of tequila and it tastes amazing. This is a great recipe to follow, especially if its your first time.