Champagne, watermelon and strawberry granita

Preparation time:
20 mins plus 6 hours freezing time
Cooking time:
5 mins
An elegant, fruity drink. Perfect to serve up for spring racing or christmas day.


1 cup caster sugar
1 x 200ml bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
1.5kg watermelon, skin removed, chopped
250g punnet strawberries,hulled, chopped
Extra 750ml bottle
Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled


1. Put sugar and Champagne in a medium heavy-based pan and stir over a low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes slowly to the boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and pour champagne syrup into a bowl. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate.

2. Process watermelon and strawberry in a food processor until smooth. Put mixture in a fine strainer over a bowl and push mixture through strainer using a wooden spoon. Discard pulp. Pour strained mixture into cold champagne syrup and stir to combine. Pour into a shallow cake tin, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4-6 hours. Stir granita with a fork every hour to break up ice crystals until set.

3. Remove granita from freezer and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Spoon granita evenly between 6 champagne glasses, then pour over extra Champagne and serve immediately.

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  1. Steve B12:40am Monday 31st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why does everything have to have alcohol in it?

  2. Glib12:36pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What makes it "elegant", exactly?

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  3. Meg04:52pm Thursday 15th September 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I AM GOING TO TRY THIS granita...this is what u called...ALCOHOL C..haha :-))

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