Watermelon granita


  • Makes5 cups (1.25 L)
Watermelon granita


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 8 cups coarsely chopped seedless watermelon

  • 2 tsp finely grated lime or lemon zest, optional


  • Combine sugar, water and salt in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir frequently until mixture starts to bubble and sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Place half the watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor. Whirl until no chunks remain. Pour into a 9x13-inch (3-L) baking dish. Pour sugar mixture into food processor and add remaining watermelon. Whirl until no chunks remain. Pour into baking dish. Add peel. Stir to evenly mix. Cover pan with plastic wrap.

  • Freeze until ice crystals form at edges in pan, about 40 minutes. Using a fork, scrape and stir to evenly distribute ice crystals. Repeat every 40 minutes until frozen, about 2 1/2 to 3 more hours. Using a fork or spoon, scrape granita down length of pan, forming icy flakes. Spoon into bowls and serve. Granita will keep well, covered and frozen, up to 5 days.

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 79, Protein 0.8g, Carbohydrates 19.1g, Fat 0.6g, Fibre 0.5g, Sodium 60mg.

Watermelon Granita is cool, refreshing and a great way to use up leftover watermelon, or freeze a few chunks and whirl up for a trendy cocktail.

Watermelon Vodka Slushy

Whirl up a sexy cocktail and serve in chilled martini glasses. Place 5 cups (1.25 L) coarsely chopped seedless watermelon in a plastic bag and freeze at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Just before serving, place in a blender along with 1 cup (250 mL) vodka, 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/4 cup (50 mL) orange-flavoured liqueur and 3 tbsp (45 mL) granulated sugar. Whirl or pulse until frothy and fairly smooth. Pour into martini or your favourite cocktail glasses. Makes 5 cups (1.25 L)