Champagne granita and melon

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 8 people

  • 220 gm (1 cup) white sugar
  • 750 ml Champagne
  • 2 lemons, juice only
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 250 gm seedless watermelon
  • ½ each honeydew and rockmelon
  • 200 gm seedless green grapes, halved lengthways
  • ½ cup (firmly packed) mint, thinly sliced
01   Combine sugar and 250ml water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir until sugar dissolves, remove from heat and cool completely.
02   Combine Champagne, juice, rind and sugar syrup, pour into a shallow tray and freeze, scraping with a fork every 30 minutes to form ice crystals, until completely frozen.
03   Scoop balls from melons with a melon baller, divide evenly among eight chilled 250ml-capacity glasses. Add grapes, scatter over mint, top with granita and serve immediately.
This recipe is from the January 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
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