Looking for a way to mix things up in the cocktail department, I decided to combine two of my favorite things, dessert and cocktails. I paired fruity shaved ice with cool sake to create a delicious, boozy granita.
Granitas are incredibly simple to make and are a great way to highlight the fresh flavors of the season. I used a cantaloupe because of its sweet and musky flavor and added a little fresh ginger and lime juice to jazz it up. The sake lends a light flavor that works well with the subtle flavor of the melon.
After blending all the ingredients in a blender and letting them freeze for a few hours, I had snowcone in a glass—light and fluffy orange-hued flakes with a sweet melon fragrance. It's a deliciously cool end to a summer meal.
- 2 cups ripe cantaloupe or other melon, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce honey
- 2 ounces sake
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds, until all ingredients are evenly blended and smooth.
Pour the mixture into a 9"x9" metal pan. Place in freezer until solid.
Just before you're ready to serve, scrape with a fork until light and fluffy. Serve in martini or small glasses.