Watermelon Granita Inspired By Giorgio Locatelli

Sicily is well known for its arancini and granita, neither of which we got to sample while we were there. We found one gelataria that had granita, but they looked awful – not even the coffee flavoured one enticed me. I decided that I would make my own and chose a watermelon granita as my flavour to experiment with. I have a juicer which would get more use if I had the space, but it was well worth getting down to juice the watermelon. You could purée your watermelon and then pass it through a sieve if you don’t have a juicer. I used the left over watermelon to quench my thirst, and I used the granita to make a vodka cocktail for a hot afternoon cool me down drink.

Have you made your own granita, or tasted some and which flavour do you like best?

Watermelon Granita
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Watermelon Granita Recipe

All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Giorgio Locatelli's Made in Sicily page 384


  • 50 g orange juice
  • 250 g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 800 g watermelon juice I used a quarter of a large watermelon
  • 30 g lemon juice


  • Warm the orange juice in a sauce pan over a medium heat
  • Add the sugar and stir until dissolved
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool
  • Cut your watermelon into chunks, removing the peel, and juice
  • Pass through a sieve to get your 800 grams
  • Add the watermelon juice and lemon juice to the orange syrup
  • Mix well and pour into a lidded container that can go into the freezer
  • Remove every hour and whisk - do this until the ice crystals begin to form
  • Leave to freeze completely before scraping off the granita with a fork, to serve
  • Best used within the first 3 days of maming

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48 thoughts on “Watermelon Granita Inspired By Giorgio Locatelli

    1. I actually want to read his book as I think I will sob my heart out during the movie! Thanks for the compliment Lorraine 🙂

  1. I saw a watermelon granita recipe somewhere in a vegan dessert cookbook, involving chocolate as the “seeds.” What a lovely Sicilian dish, I can’t wait for sunshine to come out and Sicily is one of the destinations on my travel wish list.

    1. Oh, what a clever idea for the seeds! I hope you get to Sicily as it is really beautiful once you get out of the bigger villages 🙂

  2. The ideal treat for the insanely hot weather today. Actually it might be too hot to make so I’ll just dive straight into the ice cold watermelon!

  3. I love granita and sorbets but I have never made one with the addition of orange juice, how delicious… I will have to try it, I love watermelon in everything!

    1. Thankfully we have not had temperatures as hot as you have had, but our heat wave season is only starting!

  4. I never heard fo Granita until my husband and I vacationed in Quebec City in October. So so good. I’d love to re-create that and yours looks amazingly delicious! 🙂

  5. I love lemon granita the best, especially in Italy! If only I didn’t live so far away.

  6. Lovely dessert,especially homemade version..
    i just didn’t understand why granita and shorbets is pretty pricey in the restourant???
    even it’s easy to made, but not that easy to photograph (in my tropical climates)

  7. I only ever tried apple granita & loved it too so I bet that I will love this version too,…looks great & refreshing! Yummm .

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