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Watermelon Mint Granita

This refreshing granita recipe by Pillsbury Kitchens combines watermelon and mint to create the traditional Italian dessert for hot summer days.


  • 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1/3 cup ginger ale
  • 1/3 cup bottled simple syrup
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish


  1. In a blender, place all ingredients except mint sprigs. Cover; blend on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish.
  2. Freeze for 1 hour. When ice crystals begin forming at the dish's edges, stir the mixture with a fork. Freeze 3 hours longer, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork, until firm. Serve frozen or let stand at room temperature 5 to 15 minutes before serving. Scoop into individual dessert bowls. Garnish with mint sprigs.

This family-friendly recipe can quickly become an adult beverage on a hot day. Vodka or rum would be a sweet addition.

Adapted from Pillsbury Kitchens