Watermelon Granita

Granita is such a refreshing and simple recipe, it should be part of every backyard barbecue menu. This one highlights that icon of warm weather - watermelon. In this recipe we suggest a slightly fancier version with a garnish of candied citrus peel and port wine, but it would be equally satisfying with just a few pieces of fresh watermelon and a sprig of mint.

Yields: 8-12 Servings    Time: About 4hrs


    • .75 cup water
    • 1.5 cups granulated cane sugar
    • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 6 cups red, seedless watermelon, pureed
    • 1 cup red, seedless watermelon, in cubes or balls (for garnish)
    • candied citrus peel (for garnish)
    • port wine (optional)


          1. Stir the water and sugar together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

          2. Combine the watermelon puree, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir to mix.

          3. Place the bowl uncovered in the freezer. Stir with a fork or whisk every 30-40 minutes until the liquid is frozen and granular. This will take 2-3 hours, depending how cold your freezer is.

          4. Spoon the finished granita into chilled martini glasses and garnish with fresh watermelon, candied citrus peel and a drizzle of port wine. Serve immediately.