Minty Watermelon Granita

We've been  making this for years in the summer for the grownups adding 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup tequila or vodka. It's a refreshing slushy drink best enjoyed in the early evening out on the deck with friends. 

Obviously dogs can't have alcohol and I don't feed Kirby sugar so I decided to do two versions - one for the adults and one for the dogs. Not only did Kirby greedily slurp it down, I have realized the adult version doesn't need the added sugar at all which might help my waistline just a little.

 Minty Watermelon Granita

Minty Watermelon Granita

A refreshing treat for your dog

Yields: 12 – ½ cup servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Freeze Time: 2-3 hours

23 calories, 1 from fat

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sweet mint

Directions:

  1. Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor. Strain the juice through a wire mesh sieve to separate the pulp and tiny black seeds. I don’t worry about the tiny white seeds that may get through. You will end up with roughly 6 cups of watermelon “water”.
  2. Finely chop the mint and mix into the strained watermelon water.
  3. Pour into a 13”x9” metal or glass pan and place in the freezer.
  4. Let the mixture freeze for about thirty minutes and then scrape with a fork to break up the frozen part around the outer edges creating shards of ice. Repeat every thirty minutes for about 2 to 3 hours or until it’s a completely frozen mass of crushed ice.
  5. Serve immediately.

I divided a large seedless watermelon using half for this recipe and half for the adult recipe. Each half equaled roughly 6 cups so your watermelon output may vary depending on its size.

This is shared by humans and canines so we’ve never had any leftover but you can store it for a day in the refrigerator.  Refreeze and scrape or strain the mint and drink it.  Freezing at this stage will form a solid block of ice.

You can spoon the pulp into small silicone molds or ice trays for refreshing pupsicles.