Boozy Watermelon Granitas with Coconut Whipped Cream.
Finally! Something you don’t need to turn your oven on for.
It’s so desperately needed.
Ever since spying these mouth-watering granitas with my little eye I’ve been craving the heck out of some. I figured that it had been… probably… a few years since my last granita? I’ve been granita deprived for what seemed like aaaaages.
However, as I continue to type granita and spellcheck not-so-nicely likes to autocorrect said word to “granite,” memories come flooding back and I realize that I made some granitas just last year. Like chocolate granitas. How could I forget about CHOCOLATE GRANITAS! I couldn’t. Because my macbook reminds me with the squiggly red lines.
As a side note, no computer, I would not like to eat any granite. Get with the program.
These little treats are also a result of my obnoxious melon infatuation that’s going on at the moment… I know, I know. I’ve told you all about it a million times. I also only want to talk about watching the West Wing right now because it’s sort of the most exciting thing happening in my life, but after tweeting incessantly about it yesterday with others perhaps I should take a break. Except I really want to eat this granita with the whole faux white house staff (Sam Seaborn I’m looking at you) from over ten years ago. TEN YEARS people. This is huge. I’m such a TV snob and rarely like to watch older shows that I wasn’t hooked on from the beginning. For some idiotic reason. Alas, I’m hooked with a capital H.
Do I need a life? I need a life.
It’s so hot out that my little granitas won’t even stay icy.
I feel like people can be pretty picky about watermelon, but I’m not one of those people. I adore all the watermelon things, ranging from the fresh stuff to the seriously artificial bubblegum which is easily my favorite flavor. Watermelon candles are burning in my kitchen. I’m a watermelon fahreak.
Depending on how sweet your melon is (aw), you may not even need all of the sugar here. So say it with me… health food. And the coconut whipped cream is just so… so… decadent. It’s to die for. The combination of the two makes this totally light dessert seem a bit rich. It’s icy but creamy and sweet but not too sweet and just GAH.
Boozy Watermelon Granitas with Coconut Whipped Cream
- 4 cups fresh cubed watermelon
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut rum
- 1 (14-ounce) can of full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
- Add the watermelon to a blender and blend until completely pureed. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve over a measuring cup and use a spoon to press every last bit of liquid out of the watermelon pulp.
- Add the watermelon juice and sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and once the liquid comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Pour the juice into a 9×13-inch baking dish and whisk in the rum. Freeze for 4 hours then use a fork and scrape the mixture into small icy bites. Freeze again and repeat the scraping one or two more times withint the next two hours or so.
- When ready to serve, open the can of cold coconut milk and discard (read: use it for something else, don’t pitch it!) all of the liquid. Scoop the cream into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed with a whisk attachment until peaks form, about 2 minutes. If desired, you can sweeten your coconut whipped cream with a little sugar. Serve the granitas by layering a spoonful of the whipped cream, the granitas and more whipped cream. Add a spring of mint if you wish!
- Note: you can obviously use regular whipped cream if you wish and a different booze too!
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You can use other fruits… other booze… oh the possibilities.
73 Comments on “Boozy Watermelon Granitas with Coconut Whipped Cream.”
Dam girl! I am running out and getting my coconut cream today! Looks incredible! What a refreshing wonderful little treat!! Plus I love the coconut rum in it! Yum!! Have a wonderful weekend!
I knew I followed you for a reason. I too say the Espresso Granita and thought… I would love that in watermelon!!! thanks
This dessert is much needed. I’d like to eat 3 in a row in the one air conditioned room in my flat that I’ve been camped out in. :)
I love granitas too, but have never made my own! This recipe looks fab!
Coconut rum and coconut milk – mmmmm, so good. And I love watermelon and these would hit the spot, hugely! Pinned!
If I made this, I would most likely consume all of it before it made it to serving dishes (and I would totally blame the heat wave!)…good thing this is health food ;)
Gorgeous! perfect for this obscenely hot weather we’ve been having!
Oh I so need one of these in my life! Sadly I polished off the last of my watermelon yesterday and breakfast just isn’t the same this morning. Instead I’ll just have to sit and drool at these photos lol! Hope you have a great Friday Jess!
I love watermelon anything!! These are a perfect treat for the hot weather and they look so pretty too!
These are definitely faceplant worthy!!!
Oh baby. I love watermelon and anything with “boozy” in the title has to be good, right? Right.
I made watermelon moonshine granita last summer and it was delicious. I love the idea with the coconut. I’m going to have to try that this summer.
Okay, Okay, Okay I know that I don’t drink and that boozy stuff like this should not excite me so much. But I just love coconut rum and I love using it in my desserts or snack or whatever we are calling this. I have been a coconut loving freak the last five months (I have you to thank for even giving coconut a try!) and I do not see the obsessiveness going away anytime soon. I also love anything and all things watermelon. So what I am trying to say is….
HELL YESS! I love these!
Looks dreamy! Love that I don’t need to turn on the oven!
I love watermelon anything and everything, but I am totally picky about the texture of my watermelon! It can’t be too spongy or mealy…yuck.
I’ve been dying for granita ever since I saw that other post too!! I have to say–I’m not a big melon person (don’t hate me), but watermelon I can get on board with. And you make this look so delicious, that maybe I’d love it after all! :)
putting booze in watermelons = be still my college heart!
also, you can basically put coconut whipped cream on anything and I’ll consider awesome.
Gaahhh I want some of these right now. It is ridiculously hot here in Boston. The coconut whipped cream is a genius idea.
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Your drinks are so creative! NO wonder my Friday nights have become so popular with my friends! we always make your drinks to rewind after a week of labour.
Wow, beautiful color and it looks like the ideal treat!
You are a girl after my coconutty heart. I am seriously considering leaving work now and drinking this all afternoon.
I want this right now. So perfect for summer! :)
I would love it un-boozy even but see no reason to. Looks fabulous.
boozy watermelon granitas! i can definitely get on board with this. I bet this would be good with peaches or nectarines too.
I love everything about this…especially the “boozy” aspect of it. I’m melting in this heat and need one of these now!
OH my! You had me at coconut whipped cream =)
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Omg! I totally bought a huge watermelon last night, just for the sole purpose of making Watermelon Granitas!
Wow, I seriously wish I could eat through the screen right now…google, let’s work on this.
These look delicious!! And, if you’re in the Southeast and can find Honeysuckle Vodka, that would be delicious in this recipe, too. Honeysuckle + watermelon is so good.
Thanks for sharing another great idea!!
I don’t mean to curse in comments but shit, that looks amazing.
I will go on strike until I can make this.
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I was totally Hooked on West Wing this winter. SO GOOD. Why do they not make dramas like this anymore? And also, can Bartlett please be president for real?
Looks so amazing. Love to have it. Will go and try this making..
So WHERE can I find some cute little jars like the ones you used? They seem perfect for about a million different things… boozy granitas at the top of the list, of course.
Yes, please and thank you. Do you even know how BADLY we need these here in Austin? I’m meellltttinnngg…
Oh my god, please stop. These are too beautiful. I wish I were the type of person who would have some friends over and actually make granitas at home, but I’m not. Can you make me that person? Watermelon plus coconut is sounding really good right now. I don’t know if I’ve come across that combo before.
The is PERFECT for a hot summer day here in Southern California! I want it now! :)
Seriously, I can’t. Now I have to make these and it’s all your fault. I have a dinner party to go to tomorrow and I may just whip these up!
These look incredibly refreshing! Also, the West Wing is one of my all-time favorite shows…I totally get why you’re obsessed with it!
These are gorgeous! It’s not quite as hot here in Seattle as it is in the rest of the country but I’ll still be making this asap.
Oh.my.gosh. These look unbelievable!! Also, Sam Seaborn is gorgeous– but do you watch Scandal? It needs to be the next series you watch!
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Should this be freeze for four hours? Bc it’s not gonna freeze in the fridge part right? Or am I confused, haha?
Refrigerate for 4 hours then use a fork and scrape the mixture into small icy bites.
oh yes! i meant freeze. so sorry about that – fixed it.
I’m so in love with that coconut whipped cream!
Sadly, our watermelon was bad, so we made this with peaches instead. I mixed the coconut water in with the peaches, and used spiced rum instead of coconut rum. They were so good!
My son is a chef in New Orleans. He just posted a video, “Fruit Ninja”, where several of them stood a watermelon up longways, and used a long chef’s knife like a sword to see who could slice through the watermelon in one cut. I totally think you should try this.
Wonder if you could do a virgin version of this? Sounds yummy but hubby and I do not do alcohol (health reasons) I’m afraid unless you can come up with an alternative to the coconut rum I’m stock on the sidelines admiring your pictures. Does seem like the perfect answer to this hugely hot and horrible weather we have had in the Northeast lately. Any solutions would be appreciated.
Sorry that is Stuck not stock
for sure! i would just leave out the rum. :)
I’m set to make this now and am confused about one thing: Recipe states to refrigerate for 4 hours then freeze again. Should that be ‘freeze for 4 hours’ then freeze for longer? Well, that’s what I’ll be doing unless I hear otherwise. This looks more complex than making Thanksgiving dinner – at least for a time challenged person who has trouble timing a dish in reverse prep time. Eesh. Better be worth it!
yes, it is freeze! someone pointed that out yesterday and i fixed the recipe – however, if you were reading the recipe in an email or RSS feed, those don’t get the updates. hope it worked out!!
ummm THAT.COCONUT.WHIPPED.CREAM. — swoon!!!!