Appetizers

Watermelon, Mint and Lime Granita

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This is going to be a quick and easy post. There is not much more to say about the most amazing little cup of goodness you have ever tasted. It is refreshing, light and so flavorful. It will leave you cool on a hot summer day and you may even find yourself turning the cup upside down to get every last little sip humanly possible!

I am speaking of my watermelon, mint and lime granita! Yep, this pregnant woman gets a tad hot during the summertime heat so I need something to help me cool down. I like my drinks cold or frozen so this was the perfect addition to my afternoons. In fact, I look forward to this granita every time Grant goes down for a nap! LOL!

Like I said, this post is short and sweet. I can describe the wonderful flavors going on but I am pretty sure you can sense those flavors and maybe even taste them through the screen just by looking at this beautiful pink drink. Think the bestΒ PopsicleΒ you have ever had and now you get to eat it with a spoon! Genius!

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Watermelon, Mint and Lime Granita

Ingredients:

5 cups of watermelon cubed with seeds removed

2 limes, juiced

1 cup of sparkling water or club soda

1/2 cup mint syrup

Mint Syrup:

1 cup of water

1 cup sugar

1 bunch of fresh mint sprigs

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat and pour over a handful of mint leaves, gently crushing the leaves with the back of your spoon. Strain the syrup through a mesh strainer and use in the granita or store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Directions:

Place the watermelon chunks in the bowl of a blender along with the lime juice and mint syrup, replace the top, and blend on high speed until very smooth. Turn the blender off.

Transfer the mixture to a shallow pan and freeze for 1 Β hour. Remove from freezer and scrape with a fork. Repeat this scraping procedure every 1 or s0 until the consistency is “snowy” when scraped with a fork or spoon, at least 4 hours. Then scoop into bowls or dessert glasses and serve.

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50 Comments

  1. Maureen

    This looks so refreshing. Talk about tickling the palate on a hot day. I can’t wait for it to get hot to try this one. I’ve bookmarked it. πŸ™‚ The photos are just beautiful.

    27 . Jun . 2011
  2. Erica

    mmmmmmmmmmm. Looks so good. We actually have a few watermelons coming in, in our garden! I may need to use a nice chunk of one to make one of these bad boys

    27 . Jun . 2011
  3. yummychunklet

    I’ve been seeing many granitas pop up on the blogosphere, but yours sounds and looks really refreshing and delicious. Great post!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  4. nancy at good food matters

    short and sweet and simple and Divine doesn’t require a lengthy post. wonderful combination of summer flavors–treat yourself to a nap, too!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  5. Bonnie

    You’re right–no words needed!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    27 . Jun . 2011
  6. Three-Cookies

    I had plain lemon granita yesterday, yours looks more nicer.

    27 . Jun . 2011
    • kbelleicious

      Oh I love anything with lemon. That is my next granita to try out!

      28 . Jun . 2011
  7. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh now this is my kind of treat!! This looks so amazingly refreshing.I can see me fixing this all Summer long!!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  8. The Slow Roasted Italian

    What a great flavor combination. We are sure feeling the heat here. Great way to cool down.

    27 . Jun . 2011
  9. Carly

    Um, this is probably the best looking summer drink I have ever seen. Watermelon is delish in the Midwest right now; I can’t wait to try this out!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  10. Greg

    I love granitas. The mint syrup sounds just wonderful and I love that you use sparkly! Let’s call it that since your pregnant, it sounds more fun doesn’t it? Seriously, great recipe.

    27 . Jun . 2011
    • kbelleicious

      Yes! LOL! I like the word sparkly better!

      28 . Jun . 2011
  11. sonia

    Amazing color and thoroughly refreshing drink…. !Absolutely Loved this vibrant red color drink and addition of limes and mint would be dng wonders to it. Yesterday only bought my watermelon to make sorbet with it but now wud love to give this recipe a shot . take care…. !

    27 . Jun . 2011
  12. ModernMom

    I so wish you were my neighbour πŸ™‚

    27 . Jun . 2011
  13. kitchen flavours

    I’m so craving for granita this past week. I bought some grapefruit for exactly that, and my kids ate the fruits, leaving only one now in the fridge! Went to the market today to get some fresh mint leaves, but these leaves have seen better days! I’m drooling over yours, it is so beautiful and looks refreshingly delicious!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  14. Kelli

    Not only does this look so pretty but it makes my mouth water. This is perfect for this HOT summer. Girl you go on! xoxoxo

    27 . Jun . 2011
  15. Shilpa

    I love the look of this….and the addition of mint juice must have given this granita that extra oomph!

    -Shilpa

    27 . Jun . 2011
  16. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    I’ve been seeing lots of granita posts since last week! It really looks so refreshing! Love it!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  17. Blond Duck

    This is totally on my 4th of July menu!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  18. Mary

    I’ve actually never made Granita – but this is it! Sounds SO refreshing and delicious
    Mary x

    27 . Jun . 2011
  19. Alli

    I lived on watermelon when I was pregnant over the summer. I wish I had this granita recipe then. Yum!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  20. laura

    omg, i want this right now… haha.. I’m saving the recipe to make it after I have this baby! lol.. She’s due in 3 weeks.. so ANY TIME NOW PLEASE!! πŸ™‚ delish!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  21. Maris(In Good Taste)

    They absolutely look like everything you so. so light and refreshing!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  22. Veronica's Kitchen

    This is another inspiring recipe from you! Watermelon is the best fruit for summer to cool down the heat. Nice πŸ™‚

    27 . Jun . 2011
  23. daphne

    How refreshing! I love the hint of lime and mint as well. Great for parties hey?

    27 . Jun . 2011
  24. Nicole-Lynn

    Yum! I need to try this! πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re doing well girlie!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  25. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Well, I am not pregnant, but with my AC broken I can appreciate some cooling refreshment. I love watermelon- this would be a perfect treat! πŸ™‚

    27 . Jun . 2011
  26. val

    I make something very similar to this and I LOVE IT…yours looks way better than mine. Perfection in a cup!. All of a sudden I’m so thirsty!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  27. Shea

    This looks so refreshing and delicious! And I don’t know how I missed it, but you’re pregnant? That’s so exciting–congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  28. Marguerite

    Looks heavenly and perfect for these hot summer days! Cheers!

    27 . Jun . 2011
  29. Kristy

    Now I know what to make when I have a huge watermelon sitting in the fridge. We like it, we just seem to eat it so slowly. This should solve my space problem. πŸ™‚ Looks delicious!

    28 . Jun . 2011
  30. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    HMMM! I love this kind of summery post. These days SF is getting warmer and I’m looking for drink recipes. This weekend is going to be 80s to mid 80s! This looks like a perfect drink to make and relax… And I have tons of mint that I bought for decoration for ice cream. πŸ˜‰

    28 . Jun . 2011
    • kbelleicious

      Oh if only it was the mid 80 or 90s! So jealous of you right now! This is perfect for the summer but really any kind of weather! Just so good!

      28 . Jun . 2011
      • Shen @ justonecookbook.com

        Do you know if we can put the mixture in a ice cream maker and achieve the same results?

        01 . Jul . 2011
  31. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Besides the taste, it’s just so darn pretty!! Pink + green + color perfection :).

    28 . Jun . 2011
  32. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Besides the taste, it’s just so darn pretty!! Pink + green = color perfection :).

    28 . Jun . 2011
  33. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Now this is an awesome recipe! We head home today to winter πŸ™ so will have to store this taste explosion recipe until the summer.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

    28 . Jun . 2011
  34. Shawn

    I am so making this today for a nice treat on the porch! You’re right about the heat and pregnancy…I suffered through mine during a summer in Alabama πŸ™ I thought that I would burst into flames!

    28 . Jun . 2011
  35. Cooking Creation

    I’m feeling refreshed just looking at it! I happen to have watermelon originally purposed to eat as is. That is about to change! YUM!

    28 . Jun . 2011
  36. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    That looks totally refreshing and really pretty too may I add! And, congrats on your baby!! πŸ™‚

    28 . Jun . 2011
  37. sweetlife

    I love this, perfect for summer watermelons and a perfect refreshing way cool off after a grilling day. I would love to try this with a yellow watermelon!! yum!

    sweetlife
    bonnie

    28 . Jun . 2011
    • kbelleicious

      I have honestly never seen a yellow watermelon. How interesting- now I am on the look out for one

      28 . Jun . 2011
      • Carey

        I have a yellow watermelon from our garden in the fridge and I am trying it out today! We will see πŸ™‚

        08 . Jul . 2011
  38. You Go Girl!

    I lived in Katy, Texas before moving to Omaha so I know how hot it can get. This looks so yummy and so refreshing!

    28 . Jun . 2011
  39. Stacey

    I love watermelon and lime together. I can’t wait to give this a try- since I am not prego- maybe add a bit of something something to get the party started! LOL!

    28 . Jun . 2011
  40. lindsay

    ooo baby mama! this looks so wonderful! perfect cold treat on these miserably hot days.

    29 . Jun . 2011
  41. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    bookmarked immediately!
    loved the mint syrup..I am sure this takes it to the next level

    29 . Jun . 2011
  42. Fran

    I love mint and lime together! Add watermelon Snd this is a keeper !

    29 . Jun . 2011
  43. Anna and Liz Recipes

    I never had a watermelon granita and I bet it tastes as good as it looks!
    This one I will have to make soon πŸ™‚ THanks again!

    30 . Jun . 2011
  44. Candace

    I want one! I have never had a granita. That has got to change.

    03 . Jul . 2011

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