Watermelon mint granita scooped into a footed glass dish with a sprig of mint.

Refreshing Watermelon Mint Granita or Slushie

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As the scorching heat of summer rolls in, what could be more satisfying than a frosty and revitalizing watermelon mint granita? Bursting with juicy sweetness, watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit that not only quenches your thirst but also provides essential hydration. Refreshing Watermelon Mint Granita will be your new favorite summer refresher.

Watermelon, lime juice, and fresh mint pureed, frozen, and fluffed in a metal pan.
Use a metal pan for optimal freezing.

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What is Granita?

Granitas originate from Sicily as a simple shaved ice dessert in the summer months. These refreshing cool treats are typically made with water, sugar, and fresh fruit.

Watermelon Mint Granita Ingredients

This granita recipe has no added sugar. Just simple ingredients to keep you feeling good.


Watermelon is 92% of water! No wonder it’s THE fruit of summer. According to Top 9 Health benefits of Eating Watermelon, at Healthline.com, there are several reasons to keep eating this essential melon.

  • Great for staying hydrated.
  • “Watermelon is also a rich source of citrulline, an amino acid that may improve exercise performance”.
  • Helps reduce inflammation.
  • Rich in antioxidants.

In this recipe, you blend the watermelon and strain it. No added water or sugar needed.

Watermelon granita slushie with mint as garnish and blue striped paper straw.
Make into a slushie by adding coconut water or seltzer water.

Lime Juice

A little bit of acidic lime juice helps the super sweet watermelon stay in balance. Fresh lime juice is the only way to go.

Fresh Mint

Mint and watermelon are one of the most refreshing pairs. Fresh mint is a must for this recipe. If you don’t have fresh, just omit.

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How to Make Watermelon Mint Granita

To make this delicious cool treat, you will need a food processor (or blender) and a strainer.

  1. Start by cutting off the rind & chunking up the watermelon.
  2. Puree watermelon, mint and lime juice in food processor.
  3. Strain juice, use spoon to help the liquid get through strainer.
  4. Pour into a metal pan and place in freezer.
  5. After 45 minutes, use fork to break up the frozen bits and stir around. Place back in freezer for another 45 minutes.
  6. Use fork to break up and stir again. Depending on how frozen it is, a third time may be required.
  7. Scoop into dish and enjoy as is or read below for more options.

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What Can you Do with Granita?

Eat Like a Scoop of Ice Cream

Enjoy this cool treat in its purest form by scooping in a dish and using a spoon.

Watermelon mint granita scooped into a footed glass dish with a sprig of mint.
So refreshing on a hot summer day.

Make a Slushie

Enjoy as a beverage, by scooping it into a glass and adding coconut water, sparkling water, or lemon-lime soda.

Add Booze

Rum, vodka, or gin pair deliciously with fresh watermelon. Pour a shot over a scoop. Or make a cocktail with your favorite mixer (coconut water is so good).

Watermelon mint granita slushie with mint sprig and blue striped paper straw.
Make a refreshing beverage with Watermelon granita by adding in coconut water, seltzer, or for a kick add a shot of booze.


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Watermelon mint granita scooped into a footed glass dish with a sprig of mint.

Refreshing Watermelon Mint Granita

Sara Walkenbach
Bring on summer with this delightful cool treat. No added sugar just delicious frosty watermelon scooped in a dish or made into a drink. Keep yourself (and kids) hydrating with Watermelon Mint Granitaor make it into a slushie.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course beverage, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 119 kcal



  • 10 cups Watermelon Chunks rind removed
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • Handful Mint leaves


  • Place watermelon, lime juice, and mint in food processor. Blend until smooth and no watermelon chunks remain.
  • Pour into metal pan. Place in freezer for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, using a fork, scrape down the sides and break up any chunks of the watermelon puree. Repeat this process, freezing for 45 minutes and forking until your watermelon mixture is frozen into little flakes. Should only take 2 to 3 times of freezing.
  • Scoop into dish and enjoy with a spoon or add coconut water or seltzer water for a refreshing drink. This is also nice made into an adult beverage with a shot of your favorite booze and coconut water.



Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 443mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 2171IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Beat the Heat, Cocktail Slush, Healthy Hydrating Drink, Kid Favorite, Watermelon Mint Granita, Watermelon Slushie
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