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Watermelon Granita with Minty Basil Soda Mocktail

Indulgent without the guilt, this frozen mocktail is a refreshing way to cool off! The granita on its own is bit tart, so make sure to add the minty basil syrup!

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • For the Minty Basil syrup:
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • bottle preferred flavored soda water, chilled
  • varied amount mint and basil leaves for garnish
  1. Combine he watermelon and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until just combined.
  2. Pour the watermelon mixture through a strainer over a 9x13 inch freezer safe baking dish.
  3. Transfer the dish to the freezer and let the mixture chill for about 30 minutes. Use a fork to break up the watermelon and then return to the freezer for another half hour Repeat the process 3-4 more times or until the granita is completely frozen.
  4. Meanwhile, make the minty basil syrup by combining the mint, basil, water, and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring until the honey has dissolved.
  5. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Strain into a glass jar.
  6. To assemble the mocktail, scoop the granita into 4 glasses. Drizzle with 2 or 3 tablespoons of the syrup, then top with the chilled soda water. Garnish with additional basil and mint leaves.
  7. Serve with a small spoon or straw.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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