It’s officially summer. Those of us in Louisiana never need to hear that announcement for with our humidity and heat index it feels like summer most days. I enjoy summer, even with the scorching heat. It just gives me more reason to enjoy long lake days and snowballs. I love snowballs. Growing up in New Orleans, going to get a snowball was a BIG thing. My flavor choices were often rotated between chocolate, ice cream, and nectar. That’s it. It was always just one of those three and perhaps occasionally an addition of condensed milk to my chocolate or nectar.

We all know this summer is quite different than summers of the past. Even though it is officially summer, I have noticed many of my favorite snowball stands have remained closed, a sad result of the pandemic. When I was wondering how I would fill my snowball void this summer, I thought about another refreshing summer treat of mine, watermelon. I have never ordered a watermelon snowball, but I am all in for a watermelon granita…espesially with a little “splash” of vodka. (wink, wink)

Refreshing Watermelon Rind Granita
Watermelon Rind Granita

Similar to snowballs and snow cones, granita is shaved ice made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. This refreshing granita uses the forgotten part of the watermelon, the rind. Save the juice from the cutting board after slicing your melon to replace some of the water in this recipe for more watermelon flavor.

Refreshing Watermelon Rind Granita
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Refreshing Watermelon Rind Granita

Watermelon Rind Granita is a refreshing shaved ice treat utilizing the flavor left in watermelon rind.


  • 2 cups watermelon rind
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2-2 oz vodka or gin, optional*


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a thin layer of the green layer or the watermelon rind. Cube remaining rind. Add to a food processor. Process until minced, resulting in 1 cup.
  2. Stir sugar into 1/2 cup hot water. Keep stirring until all the sugar has melted. Stir in the lime juice and the watermelon rind.
  3. Place the mixture into a shallow glass or ceramic dish. Cover. Freeze 1 hour.
  4. Using a fork, scrape the ice. Replace cover and return to freezer.
  5. After 2 hours, use a fork to scrape ice into serving glass.


*Add gin or tonic along with lime juice and increase watermelon rind by 1/2 cup

Put on Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap: Not a lime juice fan? Use fresh lemon juice or even lemonade. Adding vodka or gin? Think about using a citrus infused or flavored one for an additional burst of flavor. Just like flavors of snowballs, there are endless granita possibilities. Want to dress up this granita? Serve in hallowed out lemon or lime halves or enjoy straight from a canteloupe. Have leftover rind? Check out these other Summer Watermelon Rind Recipes.

FOOD FUN: Did you know watermelon rind is high in Vitamins B and C and is full of fiber? According to one serving, a 1-inch cube of watermelon rind, “provides 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C and 1 percent of vitamin B-6.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the health boosting help I can get nowadays!

Refreshing Watermelon Rind Granita
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  • June 27, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Watermelon Rind Granita….what a refreshing treat! I sure never knew the health benefits of watermelon rind. So it’s a healthy ๐Ÿ™‚ drink even with some Spirits. Great way to cool off after being out in the Summer heat. We are have watermelon this afternoon and we will most definitely treat our selves to a delicious Watermelon Rind Granita.


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