Watermelon Granita with Minty Basil Soda Mocktail

Indulgent without the guilt, this frozen mocktail is a refreshing way to cool off! The granita on its own is bit tart, so make sure to add the minty basil syrup!

Serves 4 to 6


  • 4 cups (1 L) cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh lime juice

For the Minty Basil syrup:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) basil leaves
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) honey

For Serving:

  • preferred flavored soda water, chilled
  • mint and basil leaves for garnish


  1. Combine the watermelon and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until just combined.
  2. Pour the watermelon mixture through a strainer over a 9×13 inch freezer safe baking dish.
  3. Transfer the dish to the freezer and let the mixture chill for about 30 minutes. Use a fork to 
break up the watermelon and then return to the freezer for another half hour. Repeat the process 3 to 4 more times, or until the granita is completely frozen.
  4. Meanwhile, make the minty basil syrup by combining the mint, basil, water, and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring until the honey has dissolved.
  5. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Strain into a glass jar.
  6. To assemble the mocktail, scoop the granita into 4 glasses. Drizzle with 2 or 3 
tablespoons of the syrup, then top with the chilled soda water. Garnish with additional basil and mint leaves.
  7. Serve with a small spoon or straw.

Source: watermelon.org

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