Watermelon and Basil Granita
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 8 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1-2 inch cubes (about half of a large melon)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ tsp. lime zest
  • ½-3/4 cup granulated sugar, depending on the sweetness of your watermelon
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  1. Add half the watermelon, lime, sugar, and basil to the blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl and repeat with the remaining watermelon, lime, sugar, and basil.
  2. Pour the pureed mixture into two 9x13 inch baking dishes, or one rimmed sheet pan if you can fit one in your freezer.
  3. Place baking dishes or sheet pan into the freezer, and let chill for 1-2 hours. Once the liquid has started to set, use the tines of a fork to scrape the top, creating flakes of ice. Return to the freezer, and continue to scrape every 1-2 hours until the granita is fully frozen, and the consistency of a snow-cone.
  4. Eat immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and store in the freezer. Scrape with a fork before serving.
This granita is super refreshing with fresh basil, but for an even crisper experience I suggest trying mint leaves instead. For an adults-only version, try adding a splash of tequila or white rum to the mixture before freezing (start with 4-6 TBSP, and adjust to taste).
Recipe by Will Cook For Friends at https://www.willcookforfriends.com/2014/07/watermelon-and-basil-granita.html