Watermelon Vodka Granita

This Watermelon Vodka Granita is a refreshing summer time recipe with a boozy kick! Serve this granita recipe instead of heavy desserts!

If you love watermelon and love boozy drinks, be sure to also try these Watermelon Margarita Shooters, our Watermelon Mint Spritzer, and our Watermelon Rosé Slushie. They are all delicious!


A Light, Refreshing Spiked Dessert!

One of my favorite things to do is serve a boozy after dinner dessert, that can substitute as a cocktail too. This Watermelon Vodka Granita is the perfect way to do that, and it’s super easy. And what better to use in warm weather than watermelon!

Watermelon is perfect for all kinds of cocktails like this Watermelon Paloma, or this Watermelon Mint Spritzer. But you can use all sorts of different recipes to make a boozy granita – even a Negroni Granita!

The hardest part about this recipe is cutting up the darn watermelon, those things make such a mess when you start to cut them apart, there’s seeds and juice everywhere – but once it’s cut up your more than halfway there.


What Is Granita?

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert recipe that typically uses fruit, sugar and some form of liquid. Water or juice can be used, but in this recipe we’re going for vodka.

You could also use any melon or fruit! Could be cantaloupe, fresh thyme and gin. Or maybe strawberries, basil and tequila…any combination of flavors that you like. Just keep the proportions here in this recipe and you’ll be all good.

The one important thing to remember is to not go overboard on the booze – yes, It’s me – I just said that I know. But if you put too much liquor in it won’t freeze properly and you’ll end up with more of a runny slushy than a granita.

How To Make A Frozen Vodka Granita

So here’s the run down…once you get the watermelon “juiced” in the blender pour it into a mixing bowl along with the mint and the vodka. Give it a stir and pour it all into a glass dish that’s big enough to hold the mixture with a little room left for it to expand when it freezes.


If you happen to have any extra watermelon, you can use it to make dinner too. These Fish Tacos have a crunchy watermelon slaw that’s sweet and spicy – and totally delicious.

But now it’s time to make some granita.

Get a fork and start scraping the granite into a pile of shavings, then once you have enough scraped off spoon it into a glass and garnish with fresh mint.


You’ve got the fresh watermelon, mint and vodka all mixed into this light and refreshing dessert – this one’s a show stopper I promise, it’s definitely a dessert that tastes as good as it looks!


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Watermelon Vodka Granita

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This Watermelon Vodka Granita is a refreshing summer time recipe with a boozy kick! Serve this granita recipe instead of heavy desserts!



8 cups diced watermelon, seeds removed

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus extra mint leaves for garnish

1 lime, juiced

3/4 cup watermelon or plain vodka


Add the watermelon to a blender and puree until smooth.

Pour into a mixing bowl and add the lime juice and vodka then stir to combine.

Pour into a 9″ x 13″ glass dish and freeze overnight or up to 8 hours.

When ready to serve scrape the granita with a fork to make shavings.

Scoop the shavings into a serving glass, garnish withe mint and serve immediately.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Chill
  • Cuisine: American

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3 Responses
  1. August

    You know, most recipes actually include measurements of how much of each ingredient to use. I guess “too much liquor” could qualify… if you’re an idiot

    1. Dan

      Hey August, thanks for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. What part about 3/4 cup of vodka are you not understanding? Assuming that you clicked over and are reading the recipe?

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