Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Indulgence: Poolside Granitas

Just a few days ago I was in Baton Rouge sipping watermelon granitas by the pool with one of my very favorite people in the whole world. I spent the most wonderful week Louisianan style- soaking up Laura time with girly lunches, a Mexican dinner date, a baby shower, and chasing around her two fabulous little girls. We wrapped up the week with a very perfect morning of soaking up the sun and like true Southern girls, we faithfully toted our watermelon beverages to the pool in our long stemmed glassware. This Monday, it's back to work, but I'll indulge us all with a poolside treat to create and take along when the pool calls this week...  

Watermelon Basil Granitas: (Adapted from this recipe)

  • Enough watermelon, seeded and scooped into big chunks that will fit in a blender
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons white rum
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon basil, chopped
  1. Toss watermelon chunks, sugar, lime juice and rum in a blender. Pulverize the watermelon (to pulverize sounds like more fun than to purée, right?).
  2. Add the basil and blend until the basil is chopped into large flecks.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl and use the ice crush feature to crush a blender full of ice 
  4. Add crushed ice to granita & freeze while donning swimwear.
  5. Pour into impractical, frivolous glassware. 
  6. Tote to pool!


  1. PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE make me one once Logan is here! Sounds amazing!


  2. Hahaha - how'd I guess Mel would be the first to comment & ask for one ;P

    But I'll echo...once Logan is here Aunty Hill needs to hook the Allen girls up with some watermelon basil!!

  3. How about I make all of us one and we can drink them by the pool when you come in town, Jenn??? Counting down the days to your visit and Logan's arrival !!!!!!!!!!!