Watermelon Granita

Ever had a granita? How about a watermelon-lime granita? Originating in Sicily, granitas are partially frozen desserts—think somewhere in between Italian ice and sorbet. That means they're perfect for a hot day! Fresh watermelon juice makes this recipe even more of a refreshing must-drink. Let's learn how to make a Watermelon Granita.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total Time 4 Hours 25 Minutes
Servings 10

Ingredient List

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (juice of 2 to 3 limes)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cups 1-inch cubes seeded watermelon
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix lime juice, water and sugar. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. In blender or food processor, place watermelon. Cover; blend on high speed about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add lime juice mixture; blend until well mixed. Pour into ungreased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Cover; freeze 1 hour.
  3. Scrape with fork to distribute ice crystals evenly. Every 30 minutes, repeat scraping procedure for at least 3 hours until mixture is consistency of fine ice crystals. Scoop into chilled dessert cups to serve.

Expert Tips

  • For a fun presentation, serve your Watermelon Granitas in unbreakable stemmed beverage glasses.
  • A granita is an ice dessert made of a combination of water, sugar and liquid flavoring. Follow this Watermelon Granita recipe, and you'll end up with a dessert that's a bit grainier than a sorbet—very similar to a slush.


  • 1 Cup Calories 70 (Calories from Fat 0);  Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 0mg;  Sodium 0mg;  Potassium 105mg;  Total Carbohydrate 17g (Dietary Fiber 0g ,Sugars 16g);  Protein 0g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%;  Vitamin C 15%;  Calcium 0%;  Iron 0%
  • Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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