Frozen Watermelon-White Wine Granita

This Watermelon and White Wine Granita is super-simple to make and isn’t very sweet. Light and refreshing, it’s the the perfect end to a summer meal.

When I was trying to perfect the Watermelon Slushie recipe over here, I tried putting it all into a bag with some wine and freezing it to make it extra frozen.

I didn’t get a slushie, though. Instead, I got this watermelon ice. It reminds me of a snow cone, except the flavor is mixed right in instead of drizzled over. And it has wine in it.

Pink shaved ice in a small glass bowl with a sprig of mint and a spoon in the bowl. There are two more bowls of pink ice behind it.

What Is A Granita?

Simply put, a granita is a semi-frozen dessert originally from Sicily. It’s made from sugar, water or another liquid, and various flavorings, often fruit. While similar to Italian Ice or sorbet, it usually has a rougher texture since it’s often made just by agitating the ice occasionally and not made in a machine.

Find out more about granitas and different flavor combinations from TheKitchn.

How To Make Watermelon Granita

To make it, what you do is to freeze some watermelon cubes and then whiz those up in the blender with some sugar, lemon, and wine. Then it goes into a ziptop bag in the freezer to get even more frozen. Give the bag squeeze now and then so it doesn’t freeze as a big solid block. That’s it!

This is a nice and light dessert. It’s very refreshing and not too sweet. I hope you like it!


Christine :)

A Watermelon and White Wine Dessert

Watermelon-White Wine Granita

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 cups of watermelon cubes
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 bottle of very cold white wine (anything that you like to drink, but a dry one like an Italian Pinot Grigio or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc if you want this to not be too sweet)


  1. Put the watermelon cubes into a ziplock bag and then into the freezer until frozen, at least 2 hours.
  2. Put the watermelon, the lemon juice, the sugar, and the cold white wine into a blender and whiz it around until it is smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture back into the ziplock bag and back into the freezer. Leave it there until it is good and frozen squishing it around every now and then.
  4. Serve it in little bowls for a refreshing summer dessert.
Frozen Watermelon-White Wine Granita

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  6. katie says:

    Christine I love everything about this dessert–it’s my kind of dessert!

  7. Love the color of this and it sounds very refreshing!

  8. Samantha says:

    Oh my gosh I can’t stop laughing. You crochety old woman, you. Very pretty pink colors! I’m loving granitas lately!

  9. Oh I am just cracking up because I do find myself doing old lady things too…sigh. But his dessert is super classy and elegant just as you are!

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