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Watermelon & Gin Granita

Gin is my personal drink of choice; I love how complex its flavours can be and how each gin has a unique character. I’m always looking for ways to include it in cooking and I think this idea while not terribly inventive is a great way to highlight the flavour of some good quality gin.
Prep Time20 mins
freezing time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gin, granita, mint, watermelon
Servings: 6


  • 1 small seedless watermelon approximately 2kg
  • juice and zest of 2 limes
  • ½ bunch fresh mint
  • ¾ cup good quality gin
  • 1 cup caster sugar


  • Remove the rind from the watermelon then roughly chop. Place into a blender along with the mint and blend to a liquid consistency.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the lime juice, zest and sugar on low stirring constantly until sugar dissolves.
  • Combine with the blended watermelon and gin then mix well. Pour into two large shallow baking trays.
  • Place into the freezer for 2 hours to set. Remove from freezer and use a fork to rake the mixture, it should break up into small crystals and have a slushie-like consistency. Place back into the freezer for a further 2 hours then repeat breaking up with a fork before serving.