It’s officially summer. Those of us in Louisiana never need to hear that announcement for with our humidity and heat index it feels like summer most days. I enjoy summer, even with the scorching heat. It just gives me more reason to enjoy long lake days and snowballs. I love snowballs. Growing up in New Orleans, going to get a snowball was a BIG thing. My flavor choices were often rotated between chocolate, ice cream, and nectar. That’s it. It was always just one of those three and perhaps occasionally an addition of condensed milk to my chocolate or nectar.
We all know this summer is quite different than summers of the past. Even though it is officially summer, I have noticed many of my favorite snowball stands have remained closed, a sad result of the pandemic. When I was wondering how I would fill my snowball void this summer, I thought about another refreshing summer treat of mine, watermelon. I have never ordered a watermelon snowball, but I am all in for a watermelon granita…espesially with a little “splash” of vodka. (wink, wink)
Similar to snowballs and snow cones, granita is shaved ice made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. This refreshing granita uses the forgotten part of the watermelon, the rind. Save the juice from the cutting board after slicing your melon to replace some of the water in this recipe for more watermelon flavor.
Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: Not a lime juice fan? Use fresh lemon juice or even lemonade. Adding vodka or gin? Think about using a citrus infused or flavored one for an additional burst of flavor. Just like flavors of snowballs, there are endless granita possibilities. Want to dress up this granita? Serve in hallowed out lemon or lime halves or enjoy straight from a canteloupe. Have leftover rind? Check out these other Summer Watermelon Rind Recipes.
FOOD FUN: Did you know watermelon rind is high in Vitamins B and C and is full of fiber? According to LIVESTRONG.com one serving, a 1-inch cube of watermelon rind, “provides 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C and 1 percent of vitamin B-6.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the health boosting help I can get nowadays!