Grab your melon of choice for this easy and refreshing recipe for Boozy Watermelon Granita.

Melon, booze and fresh herbs. It doesn’t get much simpler or more refreshing than that!

Boozy Watermelon Granita is the ultimate summer recipe that does double duty as a cocktail and a crunchy snack.

Top down view of metal baking sheet containing watermelon granita

If you aren’t familiar with granita, it’s one of the culinary world’s most underrated items, in my opinion. It’s like a slushie meets sorbet meets popsicle. And it could not be simpler to make.

Blender containing puréed watermelon and finely chopped mint

I’ve paired watermelon with rum and mint in this summery version, but you can make granita with literally anything that can be blended into a juice. Just imagine all of the possibilities, from lemon (like this recipe!) and cantaloupe to strawberries and mango.

Hand holding fork scraping watermelon granita mixture on baking sheet

Simply blend the ingredients together, pour them into a shallow pan then pop the pan into the freezer. All that’s left to do is grab a fork and give the granita a quick fluffy every 45 minutes or so until it transforms from liquid slush to crunchy, icy treat.

Serve this Boozy Watermelon Granita (alcohol optional!) in bowls, or up your presentation with cocktail glasses so guests can sip and crunch all party long.

Boozy Watermelon Granita in different sized cocktail glasses

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Boozy Watermelon Granita

  • 5
    cups
    cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    sugar
  • 3/4
    cup
    white rum
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    finely chopped mint, plus more for garnish

Add the cubed watermelon to a blender and purée until liquid.

Add the sugar, rum and mint and purée just until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 13×9-inch metal or glass baking pan and place it in the freezer for 45 minutes.

Using a fork, scrape the mixture until it comes together in icy pieces then return the pan to the freezer. Repeat the scraping and freezing process every 45 minutes until the granita is frozen.

Top the granita with mint sprigs and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts

Boozy Watermelon Granita

Amount Per Serving

Calories 123
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g
2%

Saturated Fat 1g
5%

Sodium 2mg
0%

Potassium 142mg
4%

Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%

Dietary Fiber 1g
4%

Sugars 12g

Protein 1g
2%

Vitamin A
15.1%

Vitamin C
12.8%

Calcium
1.1%

Iron
1.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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