Lemon Drop Melon Granita


What is a lemondrop melon you ask? It looks like a bright yellow cantaloupe on the outside -and a honey dew on the inside!

It’s an amazingly sweet and juicy melon.  It tastes a bit like a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew, with just a touch of lemon!


I love watermelon granita, so I thought I’d see how this came out – and it was great!

So here is how you do it –   

Cut up about 1/2 the melon into chunks – roughly three cups.

Put into a blender with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup club soda and 1/8 sherry.  Then blend.

20140728_151156.jpg Taste it to see if its sweet enough for you.  If not, add a little more sugar.

Pour it into a shallow glass dish and place in the freezer for two hours.

After two hours, bring it out and break up the forming ice crystals with a fork.  It will still be a little slushy right now, but that’s ok.  Put it back in the freezer.

Break up the crystals again after 2 hours and one more time after that.  Then wait until the next day.

Break up the crystals that have formed (there won’t be much) and place the granita in a covered container for storage.

Serve in a dish with a sprig of lemon balm or lemon basil.  Cool and refreshing dessert!

Makes about 3 cups of granita – or Italian Ice.


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