Cantaloupe Basil Mint Granita


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup mint
¼ cup basil plus 2 T each of basil and mint chopped fine
3 cups cantaloupe
juce and peel of 2 limes


Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar, water and chopped fresh herbs. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. In a food processor, blend cantaloupe and add simple syrup until a puree forms. Add remaining chopped mint and basil. Pour into a low dish and freeze. Using a fork, scrape puree every 20 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Keep frozen dish covered while freezing. Freeze and scrap until desired consistency.