Watermelon Granita- No Ice Cream Maker

Refreshing and delicious, this watermelon granita is easy to make. No ice cream maker required.

watermelon granita
Watermelon granita. A refreshing way to beat the heat.

Sorbet or Granita

I used to call this watermelon sorbet and go through a lot of hoops (repeated use of the blender) to create a smooth sorbet. Now I call it granita – same great flavour, just a little more ice crystally. Sorbet and granita are very similar in that they are both dairy free, frozen fruit desserts, but there are subtle differences.

Sorbet – a much smoother, denser consistency which you achieve by scraping more frequently, blending several times and using more sugar but less liquid

Granita – a looser, granular consistency similar to shaved ice which you can achieve with only scraping once or twice during the process.

watermelon granita in pan
Sweetened watermelon, frozen and scraped for a frozen treat or beverages.

Alcohol and Sugar

In this recipe the watermelon is mixed with alcohol and sugar. Both add flavour and prevent the watermelon juice from freezing into a solid ice cube that’s difficult to scrape. If you reduce the sugar or alcohol just be prepared to scrape a little more often so the ice remains easy to scrape.

You can skip the alcohol altogether if you wish.

Recipe for Watermelon Granita

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Watermelon Granita – No Ice Cream Maker

Beat the heat with this refreshing summer time treat. Eat it as dessert or use it as ice in a simple beverage with sparking water. Replace watermelon with your favourite fruit. And skip the alcohol if you wish.
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8



  • Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
  • Pour into a 9 x 13″ baking pan or glass dish.
  • Freeze for 3 hours, stirring and scraping ice crystals from the side of the pan every 60 minutes.
  • To serve, rest on counter for about 5 minutes then scoop into individual serving dishes and enjoy! Or make a refreshing beverage by putting granita in a glass and pouring sparkling water over top.
  • For a finer texture, put the frozen mix in the blender and pulse several times to make small ice pieces (not liquid) return to freezer and scrape after 60 minutes.


If you choose not to use the alcohol, it may be a little more difficult to scrape the mix, but as long as you scrape frequently it will work just fine.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, ice cream, summer

Make a Watermelon Granita Slurpee

Simply scoop watermelon granita into a glass, slowly pour in sparkling water and a half tablespoon of lime juice. Stir and enjoy. Just watch out for brain freeze!

Add a little sparkling water and you have a homemade watermelon slurpee!

More Watermelon Tips & Recipes

How to Select the Best Watermelon

How to Cut Watermelon – Two Ways

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Herb & Fruit Simple Syrup

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