Watermelon Lime Granitas

Wow I think I've eaten like eight watermelons to myself in the past two weeks alone. It's the greatest summer fruit, and - in my newly formulated opinion - is tastiest when morphed into granitas. I thought this would be the perfect July 4th recipe to share with you, as everyone can enjoy it. Keep it basic for the kids, add some booze to it for the adults...everyone wins.

This legit tastes like the most delicious frozen margarita when you pour some tequila over it, just without all the simple syrup and added junk (no, I do not consider tequila to be "junk"). But don't let me peer pressure you...it's a super tasty alcohol-free dessert too. I like keeping it in the freezer for a few days to save me when a craving hits - keeps the DQ around the corner at bay.


  • 1 mini, seedless watermelon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Carve your watermelon into cubes and toss it all in your blender or food processor (you may need to do this in two batches depending on how big your watermelon is).
  2. Add lime juice and salt to the blender and whiz up until pureed.
  3. Pour the mixture into a big container that has a lid. I find those rectangular glass Pyrex dishes (like the casserole ones) work best. You want it to be shallow enough that you can easily mix it up with a fork or spoon.
  4. Place the dish in the freezer. 
  5. Every 30 minutes to an hour, take the container out and mix it up with a big fork or spoon to break apart the frozen chunks. For a granitas experience, continue this until all the liquid has taken on a shaved ice type consistency (and there's no more liquid). If you want to make this into a cocktail, you can cut it short when it's more of a slushie consistency.
  6. Optional: add tequila and get weird.