I think we all need one of these fruity, icy drinks at the minute. Seems like this heatwave is enjoying itself! How are you staying chilled? It was 32oC in North Wales yesterday, which is just outrageous. Seems like we’ll miss all the sun, but we can’t complain in the slightest, the Spanish coast has been very good to us.
Granizado is something I enjoy in Spain and also Latin American, a traditional cooler, the varieties change constantly, but the constant is that it’s super refreshing when the heat is on.
I wanted to share this now as it’s super quick and easy to make and only takes a few ingredients. I have heard of people making these into cocktails! This is really a slush puppy gone to heaven and you can swap and play with which frozen fruit you use. Berries for example are also incredible, as is pineapple, cucumber or mango. Just make sure you add a nice twist of citrus to keep things lively and if you have a sweet tooth, pop a little sweetener into the mix.
Most watermelons I buy have very few pips/ seeds. When chopping the melon, take out as many as possible. A few in the granizado are fine. The main thing is they just don’t look very nice.
A nice idea is adding a little fresh mint to this granizado, around 8-10 mint leaves will make things interesting.
The Bits – For 2 Glasses
2 1/2 cups frozen watermelon
1 small lemon (juice)
Optional – 1-2 teas sweetener – sugar, agave, bronw rice syrup….
Peel and cut up your water melon into small chunks, place in the freezer for a few hours. The smaller the chunks, the easier it is to blend later.
Place the watermelon into a blender, add the lemon and sweetener and blitz until broken down. If it is not blending well, just leave it for 10 minutes to defrost a little.
Serve in your fanciest glasses, with a slice of watermelon on the rim, to keep things 80’s/ Miami Vice style.
Watermelon is very hydrating, they’re around 92% water! Perfect for summer. They also have good levels of vitamin C and A.