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Frozen Fruit Granitas keep you cool on hot summer days. This refreshing low-calorie watermelon granita has very little added sugar and has an unexpected twist of basil

Frozen Fruit Granitas keep you cool on hot summer days. My refreshing low-calorie watermelon granita has very little added sugar and has an unexpected twist of basil

Summer isn’t Summer until the first melons appear at the farmer’s market. This frozen Watermelon Granita promises to keep you cool and refreshed. When the temperature rises, our bodies need more to stay hydrated. Watermelon is 92% water, so it’s an excellent replenishment source.  Interesting co-incidence this high water fruit happens to grow during the hottest part of the year, right?  In addition to a high-water content, watermelons also drip with nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Lycopene, and Beta Carotene.

To take advantage of summer’s gift, I made this frozen minted basil watermelon granita. It’s delicious, but do you know the problem with frozen desserts?  When it’s hotter than a fritter outside, this southern girl can tell you that they melt faster than grease on a hot skillet.

Of course, I could just eat inside, but what’s the fun in that?  I want to sit outdoors and enjoy the summer sun.

Slowing the Watermelon Granita Melt

While the martini chiller isn’t required to make this yummy summertime watermelon granita, the glass is both elegant and practical. You fill the bottom with ice, and it keeps your Minted Basil Watermelon Granita from melting longer!

The Ravenscroft Martini Chiller makes a great frozen dessert bowl, too! Putting ice in the bowl slows the melting. It also works great for shrimp cocktails.

The Ravenscroft Martini Chiller makes a great frozen dessert bowl, too! Putting ice in the bowl slows the melting. It also works great for shrimp cocktails.

You can also use the chiller to serve martinis or course, but I like using it for cold foods like ices, granitas, and shrimp cocktail.

I will probably use my new martini chiller the next time I make my Banana Pecan Ice Cream or Chocolate Banana Italian Ice – or a nice mint julep.

The glass is a lightweight, lead-free, crystal.  The bowl is a sturdy glass bowl designed to hold ice.  The glass just rests in the ice-filled bowl.  What a neat concept!

Recipe Video

Here’s a quick video showing just how easy it is to make this!

Minted Basil Watermelon Granita

  • Prep time: 10
  • Cook time: 4 hours
  • Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Make the most of summer melon with this refreshing Minted Basil Watermelon Granita.

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil

Combine water, honey, lime juice, mint, and basil in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool.

Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in large bowl and blend with a stick blender.

Pour blended mixture into a baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap.

Freeze 4 hours or overnight.

Use a fork to rake through granita and break up.

Serve in individual bowls. Garnish with fresh mint.

Full Nutrition Information

Calories 100, Total Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 2 mg, Potassium 200 mg, Total Carbohydrate 25 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 23 g, Protein 1 g, Vitamin A 20 %, Vitamin C 27 %, Calcium 2 %, Iron 3 %

The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the USFDA. I use a publicly available online nutrition calculator. Nutrition information may vary by brands used and individual cooking methods.


  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 25 grams
  • Protein: 1 grams
Frozen Fruit Granitas keep you cool on hot summer days. This refreshing low-calorie watermelon granita has very little added sugar and has an unexpected twist of basil
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  55 Responses to “Minted Basil Watermelon Granita Summertime Dessert Recipe”

  1. What a wonderfully refreshing treat. I love watermelon so this is something i would so enjoy trying.

  2. This is a lot going on in a glass. I’m curious to know what it tastes like.

  3. This looks so delicious and great for those hot evenings. I love the color combination

  4. Wow! This looks amazing. I’ll have to make myself one of these during this upcoming weekend.

  5. This sounds so refreshing! I need to try it this summer !

  6. This looks perfect for summer! So refreshing and yummy!

  7. This is something new and very fun to prepare. My friends will love it too!

  8. Oooh; where was this when we lived in New Mexico! It would have been divine to make and have on the hot afternoons there.

  9. This looks so good! It seems so refreshing too, I have to try it.

  10. This is new to me. I think I have never tried this one yet. Will be saving this recipe and try. I am interested on how it will turn out.

  11. Interesting. I’m not the biggest watermelon fan but that looks very refreshing on a hot summer night. My dad can’t eat ice cream so he would love this

  12. This looks so delicious and unique. I don’t think we have Watermelon Granita in the Philippines, so it’s a shame.

  13. I love that martini chiller! It’s absolutely perfect for summer days. Also, you gave watermelon an interesting twist.

  14. That looks like the perfect refresher drink for the summer. I love adding mint to my fruit and vegetable smoothies and it adds a nice touch.

  15. This looks so super cool. Will try make it sometime this weekend. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. I love anything watermelon. This looks cool and refreshing. I will definitely give this a try this summer.

  17. Minted Basil Watermelon Granita sounds like a very refreshing summer drink! I love iced drinks and I also love drinks with mint. This is something I’d love to try!

  18. Oh my goodness, this sounds sooo amazing! I can just picture serving a big bowl of this at my summer parties!

  19. Just to title of this recipe has my mouth watering, so don’t get me started on the pics!! And the video… mmmmm! x

  20. Mint and watermelon in some form of ice format sounds absolutely amazing to me. It would be the perfect refreshing treat for the hot summer weather we are having.

  21. I would love this! Watermelon is my favourite fruit and I really enjoy anything with basil in it.

  22. Ooo, that looks delish! I sure do love fun summer treats like this! Especially here in HOT Florida!

  23. Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely AMAZING! I’m about to print this recipe off and make it this weekend!

  24. This looks delicious. Perfect for the Friday and Saturday nights sitting outside!! I’m definitely going to try this tonight!

  25. like the bright colour of this as most bright coloured meals give me large appetite to eat more, yummy and sure good delight this is. thanks for the recipe and guide.

  26. This looks yummy! I can’t wait to try it this summer.

  27. This looks delicious and refreshing. I love the glass set you use it is so nice to serve from.

  28. This looks so delicious, I love watermelon flavored drinks. Great drink to make for a hot sunny afternoon.

  29. This sounds so refreshing- especially for summer. It’s way different than something I would normally make, but I can’t wait to try it!

  30. That looks really refreshing. I will have to try this one at home, doesn’t seem like its too many steps.

  31. This seems like a great healthy alternative to a lot of frozen treats. Definitely going to try!

  32. This looks like such a refreshing treat for these hot summer days. And I just bought a watermelon!

  33. This looks perfect for the summer! I love refreshing watermelon granita and I also love using fresh herbs in desserts. Great post!

  34. This looks awesome!

  35. This looks perfect for a day like today. It’s hot here. My air is out and the air guy can’t get here soon enough. I’d love this!

  36. This sounds like the perfect healthy summer dessert. I love the combination of watermelon and mint.

  37. That looks amazing and it would be so nice to make this for the summer. Watermelon has always been refreshing and I’ve always liked combining it with basil!

  38. wow look so refresh and so easy to do. hopefully weather is better this weekend at London I need to prepare them will be

  39. This looks yummy! The martini chiller makes it look fancy. It would be great for parties!

  40. That’s a really nutritious and refreshing way to stay cool. The martini chiller makes it look so professional…going to get one 🙂

  41. wow that looks amazing! and it´s so perfect for summer

  42. What a delicious combination of flavours! I could so go one of these right now!

  43. Oh this is absolutely perfect for the summer! Great to refresh while in the pool

  44. The martini chiller is cool concept, but doesn’t holding the glass make your hands chilly from the ice?

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