Are you melting? Yep! I hear ya. It seems this heat wave has hit almost everyone everywhere and to be honest, the temperatures right now are so cray cray that even cooking seems like a daunting task. But don’t you worry: this recipe requires zero cooking (Yas!).
I’m pretty sure you’ve had snow cones right? They are quite amazing! I love the texture and how refreshing they are. The only thing that sometimes I’m meh about is the flavoring, it tastes too fake for me, so how can we get that same texture but with a pleasant flavor? Well, we need to recruit snow cones little fancy cousin: granita!
Granita is basically shaved ice that’s been flavored and you can pretty much do it with anything you want from fruit juice to cocktail mixes. For this version, I made it extra fruity with some blended fresh pineapple, honeydew, and a bit of mezcal, topped with a sprinkle of chili flakes. It’s a cocktail hybrid!
If you happen to have a good Mexican store nearby and you can get Tajin chile powder, then you’re golden. But for the rest of us that cannot find Tajin that easy, we can do Aleppo or regular chili flakes and it’ll still be super good.
Let’s cool down!
Mezcal, Pineapple, and Honeydew Granita with Chile
- 2 cups fresh pineapple cut in chunks
2 cup orange juice
2 cups fresh honeydew cut in chunks
2 cup green juice of your choice (I used one that had cucumber, green apple, and mint)
3 cups of ice
Tajin chili powder (or sub for Aleppo or regular chili flakes)
1. To make the pineapple flavor: place the pineapple and orange juice in a blender, blend on high speed, then strain into a shallow pan or container (it’s easier to scrape).
2. For the honeydew: blend the honeydew and green juice, strain, and place in separate container.
Freeze both flavors overnight, once frozen, rake with a fork to create the granita and place in the freezer again.
To serve: place the plain ice in a blender and crush, add this plain ice to the bottom of a glass, then layer the pineapple and honeydew granita, add a shot of mezcal, sprinkle with chili and sea salt and serve immediately.