Cantaloupe Granita

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours


1 large very ripe cantaloupe, cut into
small chunks, about 4 to 5 cups worth
1 C water
1 C sugar
10 – 12 fresh mint leaves
1 T rum (optional)
1 T lemon juice


  • Bring water and sugar and mint leaves to boil, let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for about 30 minutes. Strain the mint out of the simple syrup and place in blender. Cover with cantaloupe, add rum and lemon juice and pulse on puree until mostly smooth. (Small chunks are fine!) Pour into 9” by 13” glass dish. Place in freezer for 2 hours. After 2 hours, begin scraping the top layer of iced fruit into chunks. Repeat every 30 minutes until you are able to flake up all the frozen fruit concoction. It can sit in the freezer for a couple of days, covered. Serve in chilled glasses with a sprig of mint.

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