summer melon with basil-mint granita

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Servs: 8

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  • add   3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar<br> 3/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves<br> 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves<br> 2 tablespoons grated lime peel<br> 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice <br> 1 1/4 cups water<p> 3 small melons, halved lengthwise, seeded, each

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, chopped mint, basil, and lime peel in medium bowl. Mash with wooden spoon until herbs turn dark green, about 3 minutes. Stir in lime juice and 1 1/4 cups water. Let stand 1 hour. Strain into large bowl, pressing on solids. Transfer 1/2 cup lime syrup to small pitcher; cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining lime syrup into 13x9x2-inch metal baking dish. Place dish in freezer. Stir syrup with fork every hour until frozen, about 4 hours.
  2. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep frozen.)
  3. Divide melon wedges among 8 shallow soup bowls. Drizzle melon with reserved lime syrup. Scrape granita into flakes with fork. Spoon generous 1/2 cup granita atop melon in each bowl. Sprinkle with sliced mint leaves, garnish with mint sprigs, and serve.