November 13, 2005

Vodka Watermelon Granita

Vodka Watermelon Granita

A successful batch of granita made by modifying a recipe from Harold McGee’s The Curious Cook. It’s one of my all-time favourite books! It’s filled with little experiments that he does to prove or disprove kitchen lore and myths. I find his scientific approach to cooking very refreshing and satisfying, perfect for a question-everything kitchen cynic like me.

6 cups watermelon juice
15 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup hot water
juice of 2 lemons

It’s important to strain the watermelon juice, so that there is no distracting seeds and pulp. Mix everything together till sugar dissolves.

The original recipe from his chapter Fruit Ices, Cold and Calculated, was

1 cup of watermelon juice
5 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice

As you can see, it’s a lot of sugar. Sugar lowers the freezing point of the juice and prevents it from freezing solid. What I’ve done is to reduce the amount of sugar and added some alcohol, which is even more effective in lowering the freezing point of water. I know from the painful experience of making a batch of slushy Bailey’s ice-cream. As usual, I was very free with the alcohol. It never froze, no matter how long I kept it in the freezer.

Seems like the flavour of the watermelon is overwhelmed by the lemon juice, which is necessary to offset the sweetness of the mix. If you have any watermelon liqueur lying around — I know, what are the chances of that, I reckon it’d boost the clean watermelon taste.

Posted by Karen at November 13, 2005 01:46 PM in food & drinks , pink

Karen forgot to mention that the photo was by me. Ahem.

Posted by: jimmy at November 13, 2005 02:11 PM

Art directed and digitally enhanced by me. Ahem!

Posted by: Karen at November 13, 2005 02:14 PM

I’m hungry. Ahem!

Posted by: Randy at November 13, 2005 03:12 PM

omg that looks really ‘thirst-quenching’!

Posted by: ernest at November 13, 2005 03:17 PM

Yeah, you quench you thirst with that and you’ll wake up the way I did this morning ;)

Posted by: Randy at November 13, 2005 03:24 PM

Here’s another photo we took:

Posted by: jimmy at November 13, 2005 04:10 PM

looks good! let me be the judge (read: make some for me!!) We tried the granita trio at wild rocket (new joint at mt emily) which was not bad - comes as a menage-a-trois - lemongrass, basil and grapefruit.

Posted by: jo at November 18, 2005 06:36 PM

yummmmmmm i had dis its yummy

Posted by: zozo at November 24, 2005 07:28 PM

May I ask a question?
What is it tastes like?
sweet ?

Posted by: tido woo at December 4, 2005 04:01 PM

usually anything with 15 tbsp of sugar in it would taste … (drumroll) …. sweet.

Posted by: jimmy at December 5, 2005 12:18 AM
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