Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Purée until smooth, then strain. Pour into sorbet maker and freeze according to instructions.

For a granita, pour into a shallow, wide pan and freeze for 1 hour. Rake mixture with fork and freeze for another hour. Rake and freeze for one more hour. Rake and serve.

Yield: 1 quart


Puree watermelon until smooth and set aside. In a small saucepan add sugar, lime juice, zest and wine and simmer just until sugar melts. Off heat, cool and add to puréed watermelon.

Pour purée into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. To serve, place frozen cubes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 9 or 10 times until very finely chopped but still frozen. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings


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