Watermelon Campari Granita

 

To make a good granita, watermelon would normally need a little jolt of lime or lemon juice to make the flavor pop. But Campari is a more compelling way to do that job—and then some. Its bitter herbal flavor adds alluring complexity to the innocent watermelon. Put in another way: If watermelon were your date, Campari would make him (or her) much sexier. Try it.

What you will need

8 cups (1200 grams) bite-size watermelon chunks (from a 5-pound watermelon)

1/4 cup sugar (plus 1 tablespoon if the watermelon is not very sweet)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Campari, plus extra for drizzling

Whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and/or sliced strawberries, for serving (optional)

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