Watermelon ‘n’ Lime Granita

It’s been too hot to sleep this week.

The sky is in constant turmoil. It can decide whether to thunder and rumble or blaze with heat.

Down here the breeze is barely rustling the leaves. You toss and turn all night. Still so firmly British that we refuse to give up our feather duvets, but kick them off anyway.

Suppers are long and slow affairs.

We sit in the garden with candles burning and the heavy scent of sweet peas all around us.

When life’s like this you can keep your heavy puddings.

We want something light, fresh and natural.


…is perfect.

A cut watermelon stuffed with it’s own treasure.

Icy, refreshing, sweet and wonderfully satisfying.

It’s easy. All you need is:

1 mediumly sized watermelon

2 limes (juice and zest)

Handful of fresh mint

Cut the top off your melon. Scoop out the innards and blend with your lime & mint.

Pour into a tupperwear box, seal it up and pop into the freezer. Freeze for about an hour, then take it out, scratch it all up with a fork, put the lid back on and shake it, baby!

Put it back in for another half hour, then repeat. Half an hour later you should have a pretty well frozen granita (sort of sorbet texture).

Scrape it into your watermelon, plant a sprig of mint in the middle and serve.

(Oh, if you want it to look a little more… abundant… pop an orange in the bottom of your watermelon first. It’ll take up some space and you can serve up a melon with ice rising like a delicious mountain outta the top!)

A deliciously natural pudding, with no added sugar or nasties.

Ideal for those who are a little too hot, or just trying to avoid the naughtier puddings!

Plus it gives you a chance to really wow friends and family with this cracker-

Q: Why do watermelons have fancy weddings?

A: Because they cantaloupe.

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  • OMG I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE! The last few days I’ve been melting and there is only so much iceceam you can eat..!


    • ME TOO!!! Last night I had melon and thought, I wish there was a creative way to have this.

      This is just perfect for this heat we are having! Thank you so much for sharing this, can’t wait to try it when I get home!!!

      Beth x

      • ….So I tried to go to the supermarket today and get a water mellon and they were all sold out! Maybe too many people read this blog! =p


  • So how about I just busted out laughing by myself at the joke -_- as I was imagining that watermelon goodness. Now I have to try it this weekend!

    xo Cassandre

  • Phoebe Watson

    yummy yummy, lets make it this weekend but wuth tequilla???????

    • Rosie

      You are a horrible influence.

      Yes, let’s!

      • Forcefully shove a bottle of grey goose in watermelon and leave it to absorb – it’s like a giant alcoholic slushy!

    • I was actually thinking “Oh how delicious would it be if you put some alcohol in it and hang out by the pool?” πŸ™‚

    • Bonnie Hatcher

      Works very well with Vodka

  • Luxx Mint

    Watermelon & lime is one of my favourite combinations, I must try this. Can I mash the melon by hand in the absence of a blender?

    I gave up my heavy feather duvet and bought the lightest tog I could find…. sleep changing!

    Luxx Mint

  • Laura

    Yum but def needs an alcoholic addition!


  • This reminds me of summer camps in America. Watermelon is just too good! Like Phoebe’s idea, might do it with vodka. A more classy take on jello shots.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • This looks delicious Rosie! Do you know what other fruits would be just as tasty blended up and frozen? Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks amazing! Definitely going to give this a bash, it might be nice with a drop of rum served in a martini glass (I’m on holiday and dreaming of cocktails daily).

    Mel x

  • Mmm I used to love granitas in Spain but had totally forgotten about them since. Lemon is my favourite but I love all things watermelon so I should definitely give this a try!


  • Abigail I WhateverWild

    Totally agree it’s been too hot to sleep! Sucks, but this makes up for it, LOVE πŸ™‚ x


  • I love watermelon! And I thought this recipe would have alcohol but it doesn’t so I can make it for my family. Can’t wait to try it out! πŸ™‚


  • This looks amazing! I am giving this a go for my summer picnic this month! πŸ™‚


  • Jennifer

    I have a similar recipe, but as a smoothie. 2 cups chopped watermelon, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 tbs lime juice and 4 mint leaves. Blend in food processor until smoothe, and desired amount of ice, pulse until you have the consistency you like. Enjoy reading your blog across the pond!

  • Nic

    This looks amazing!!! Will definitely be giving this a try.



  • It’s BURNING here in Taiwan, so I only leave the house in the evening when it’s darker. This looks so refreshing! Thanks for the recipe! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Dina Anya

    should make that before the summer ends

  • This looks so perfect right now. My solution has been blending bucket loads of vanilla ice-cream with frozen berries and bananas but I definitely need to make this for some balance!


  • This looks so good, I bought a watermelon yesterday as well!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • That’s hilarious.

  • Oh, come on, it’s not that hot! πŸ™‚ – well, at least not for an Italian!

  • Looks insane Rosie! You’ve done it again, girl. When’s this cookbook coming out then?! jennydoraexplores.blogspot.fr

  • The slow pace

    Nice recipe! I’m heading to Spain tomorrow where it’s really hot and watermelons are delicious. So this recipe comes in handy!

  • wow, so pretty and looks so delicious!

  • I need one of these, stat! Such a joy in simple perfection!

  • Vanessa

    Hmmm I love Granita. It’s such a modern dessert and it’s healthy & fruity.

    Thanks for this great recipe. I made a fresh fig & buffalo mozzarella salad with Parma Ham for supper to cool me down. It was very fresh as well.


  • OMG yes. This is all I need in live right now.

    Georgina at foxonthehunt.com

  • Julia Bleck

    This looks fantastic! Also, we’re so on the same page today… I literally just threw this blog post up last night for a watermelon mint spritzer! http://bunnybaubles.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/watermelon-mint-spritzer/

  • I absolutely love watermelon it’s my favourite fruit! I’m real big on watermelon martinis and my speciality cocktail which is topped with watermelon juice. I’ve said the word watermelon a lot in this comment.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Seriously, the weather in NYC has been about the same… and with no air conditioning, my nightly ritual has been slightly rough this summer! Need this in my life asap.

  • Yum Dim Sum!

    Marvellous idea! I’ve never paid much attention to granita, had no idea it was this simple to make.

  • PeonyandPeach

    I know what I’m making on sunday, portuguese roast chicken with this! can’t wait, bet it would be great with melon too!


  • so simple yet never thought of, you genius you. I also liked your joke at the end, I’ll be passing that beauty on

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Peppermint Dolly

    YES!! I’m on it!! πŸ™‚



  • I live on watermelons throughout the summer and this, this is right up my sleeve! Perhaps with a tiny dash of vodka πŸ˜‰

  • andrealeighj

    Yum! Making this over the weekend!


  • thunderlegz

    Rosie, what do you mean when you say “pudding?” Is it like 2nd dinner? or treat after a meal?

  • All I can think of is… “It’s WADERMELONE! In a WADERMELONE!” Anyone else seen this? No, just me….?

  • Samantha Bei

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to try and make it next week, most likely with some vodka ;), while I’m on vacation,


  • You successfully photographed cold granita in heat without having a nervous breakdown. Speaking as someone who has done this recently, I take my hat off to you!

  • Megan

    Can you recommend any other fruit to make this with? I really don’t like Watermelon *gasp* but this looks really good! I need a nice healthy cooling Granita!!

  • Not bought any melons for a while so will be picking some up from the supermarket and trying this out! Thank you!


  • Amanda @ A Latte Learn

    So simple, So perfect!

  • Yes please. Cept it is freezing in Australia so will have to wait till it warms up a little more πŸ˜‰

    Luc x

  • Chris Cairns

    Really need to try this


  • Looks so refreshing!

  • Catherine

    I didn’t have a watermelon, so I used a honeydew melon and blended it with raspberries, lemon juice + zest and chopped fresh ginger. Was amazing, will have to try the original version though, its a great idea πŸ™‚

  • thellama

    Oh, ooh, yes please!

  • Lucy Lees

    Well this looks absolutely delicious to eat in this weather!
    Life inside the Locket

  • FromTheTableTop

    heaven! this is summer perfection.