Watermelon Sorbet and Granita Recipes

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
These easy fruit sorbet, granita recipes that are dairy-free, I offer sugar-free and adult styles as well.

You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make them!

These easy fruit sorbet recipes are made with sugar, some with alcohol, then we made some dairy-free or even sugar-free.

 You don’t even need an ice cream maker, but if you have one, by all means, use it for a smoother texture!

First, they’re pretty much summer perfection, all wrapped up in a sweet, frozen, healthy treat.

These are so easy to make you should never buy sorbets or granita again!

Homemade in your own kitchen, safe, and you know what's in it.

You can adapt to any fruit flavor you like.

Just grab your fruit of choice, freeze it, and then puree it using a food processor or heavy-duty blender and you're on your way to a refreshing summer treat.

Ever since I started making homemade fruit sorbets, I’ve tried many different flavors and every one of them worked great!

I really like banana and blueberry.

If I use berries, I remove the seeds first in cheesecloth first.

For these easy printable recipes, just scroll down to the recipe card.

this is a martini glass filled with watermelon sorbet

This is a watermelon section sliced and seedless

Sorbet, Sherbet, Granita?

This frozen delight contains just fruit and some kind or sweetener -no dairy.

It’s often churned in an ice cream maker, which makes it scoopable but not creamy.

Restaurants use sorbet as a palette cleanser during many Italian multi-course meals because it's so refreshing and is perfect in between the next course served.

Some of the easiest frozen confections to make yourself instead of buying in your local market.

Sorbet and granita, which require no special equipment, happen to be much healthier and a perfect for summer fruits!

Sherbet is between a sorbet and ice cream, it has milk in it.

This is fresh watermelon cubed with a sharp knife to make sorbet

Some Of My Favorites

Peach Sorbet or Mango Sorbet is a wonderful addition added to the recipe card below of frozen treats.

Halfway between sorbet and ice cream, sherbet is basically sorbet with a bit of milk added.

Ingredients for sorbet and granitas are often made from a puree of fruit, sugar, and water.

Granitas are icy flakes, fluffy and crunchy.

Sorbets are smooth pureed fruits.

Sherbet can have milk, sugar, however, sweetened fruit juice, water, and some contain milk, egg whites or even gelatin. The consistency is much more like ice cream.

this is a photo of cubed cantelope to use for a sorbet or granita


You can use any melons, just pick some ripe fresh fruits.

Honeydew, cantaloupes, are delicious frozen sorbets!

Just follow the same recipe below for them.

this is a martini glass filled with sorbet made with watermelon

Healthy Versions

Making a lighter version with just fruit, a little honey, and lemon juice will perfect this into a healthier treat opposed to a fat ladened ice cream.

In my recipe card below you will find at the end some diabetic friendly healthy version.

This is a cut up watermelon into cubes in a glass bowl for sorbet

Any Fruits Work!

  • banana
  • blueberry
  • mango
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • peach
  • cherries
  • berries of any kinds

these are other fruits that are fresh you can make granita with like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, lemons, limes in this photo

Lemon, Lime Or Orange Ice

You may remember my Italian Ice recipes.

Those are sweet ices, made with a simple syrup, citrus, and a smooth sorbet style using and another way to stay cool with a frozen simple dessert all summer long.

Don't miss trying my flavored smooth ices.

these are fresh strawberries with stems being washed in a white colander

Ice Cream Treats

Ice cream may be the ideal summer dessert, I have some delicious recipes for some yummy ice cream confections.

You may want to try one of our favorites, Cannoli Ice Cream.

I have made so many kinds and certainly appreciate a great ice cream also try some of our favorites:

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pistachio Chocolate Chun
Banana Split Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Cup

Tools Needed

While you can use an ice cream maker to craft extra-smooth sorbet, you don’t technically need one, and granita only requires a shallow pan and a fork.

The manual technique for making a no-churn sorbet, you really need to keep stirring it every 30 minutes for a smoother sorbet texture.

With granita, you scrape the ice crystals up with a fork during the freezing process, which is a coarser yet lighter texture compared to a sorbet which is a denser, smoother form.

this are fresh blueberries ready to make some sorbet or granita

Something for Everyone

If you haven't tried, these sweet, healthier alternatives for a frozen treat, it's time.

Choose from sugar, sugar-free versions with using your favorite summer fruits and make it fun.

The kids will love it and there are even delicious adult version ideas too!

this is watermelon frozen sorbet in a martini glass


  • Granita need to be flaked with a fork
  • Creamier sorbets are made in an ice cream maker
  • Use any fruits you like
  • Adapt using sugar substitutes when it calls for sugar
  • You can also use these recipes for ice pops
  • If a recipe calls for simple syrup both equal parts of sugar and water until sugar is dissolved
  • (usually 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and takes around 5 minutes on a raging boil)

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Watermelon Sorbet and Granita Recipes

Yield: 10
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 H & 10 M
Here is a collection of summer frozen confections we love using fresh fruits. Anything goes! Easy and fun to eat to keep you cool and these are all so delicious and refreshing!


  • 3 cups fresh watermelon (rinds removed and seeds removed or just buy seedless watermelon) cubed
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grenadine or maraschino cherry juice or simple syrup 
  • 3/4 cup (1- 6 oz can) pineapple juice or apple
  • Optional: For an adult, version add 3/4 cup favorite liqueur (bourbon, vodka, rum, or any kinds of wine, etc. instead of juice)
  • Diabetic version: use Splenda or sweeteners you like, water for syrup and any unsweetened juice like orange juice freshly squeezed)
  • Note:  Other Fruit Suggestions: 
  • banana
  • blueberry
  • mango
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • peach
  • cherries
  • berries


How to cook Watermelon Sorbet and Granita Recipes

  1. Watermelon Sorbet 
  2. I used a wedge of fresh watermelon and cut into cubes.
  3. The easiest way to get the watermelon out of the rind: Run a sharp knife and score to the end of the rind lengthwise and then crisscross making cubes. The cubes will pop out with a spoon when inserted into the melon.
  4. Place the cubes of melon into a blender, food processor on pulse until pureed.
  5. Stir in all the other ingredients you will be using and place in a freezer container.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes and stir, continue every 30 minutes for the freezer method.
  7. If you have an ice cream maker, maker according to the instructions manual of your unit. This will take approximately 30 minutes in the maker.
  8. This needs to freeze at least 6 hours before serving.
  9. Note: this melts quickly, serve and immediately return leftovers to the freezer.
  10. Serve in martini glasses.
  11. Peach Sorbet:
  12. 4 cups white peaches, sliced
  13. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  14. 1 cup sugar
  15. 1/2 cup water or white wine
  16. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  17. In a medium pot, combine the peaches, lemon juice, sugar, and water to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved and the peaches are soft.
  18. Let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes, then pour the contents into a blender. Puree on high until the mixture is very smooth. Add extra 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and blend evenly.
  19. Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to package directions or just pour it into a metal loaf pan and put in the freezer.
  20. Use the same method as the watermelon sorbet in this recipe card.
  21. The sorbet should be in the freezer at least 6 to 8 hours.
  22. Pineapple Sorbet
  23. 1 pound frozen pineapple chunks
  24. 2 cups ice
  25. 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 8 medium limes)
  26. 3 ounces of simple syrup (see recipe and instructions in the TIPS section of the post)
  27. 2/3 cup coconut rum or pineapple juice
  28. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  29. Pour in a freezer container. Place in the freezer until completely frozen, at least 8 hours.
  30. Garnish with maraschino cherries and toasted coconut!
  31. The sorbet will keep for up to 1 month.
  32. Diabetic Fruit Healthy Versions:
  33. Raspberry Sorbet
  34. 3 cups raspberries
  35. 2 tablespoons raw honey
  36. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  37. water
  38. Peach Sorbet
  39. 4 medium peaches, sliced (approx. 3 1/2 cups)
  40. 1 tbsp. raw honey
  41. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  42. water
  43. Watermelon Sorbet
  44. 3 1/2 cups watermelon, diced
  45. 1 tsp. lime juice
  46. raw honey to taste (if the watermelon is not sweet enough)
  47. water
  48. Mango Sorbet
  49. 2 mangos that equal 3 1/2 cups
  50. 1 teaspoon. lime juice
  51. water
  52. For these recipes, freeze fruits until solid. Place everything in a blender, use water to scrape out. Add to the freezer container. Freeze until solid. Stir every half hour until solid around 6 to 8 hours.
  53. Serve.
  54. For making Granita:
  55. 4 cups cubed fruit, such as seedless watermelon, strawberries, or peaches (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  56. 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes)
  57. 1/4 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute of choice
  58. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  59. Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute.
  60. Freeze in a shallow freezer pan for 30 minutes. 
  61. Pour into a 9x13-inch metal pan. 
  62. The should be about 1/2 inch deep, it will just take longer to freeze if thicker.
  63. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  64. Scrape the granita with a fork and freeze again. 
  65. Take the pan out of the freezer. 
  66.  Scrape the mixture with a fork and return to the freezer. 
  67. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for a total of 4 hours. The granita is done when the mixture is completely frozen.
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Don't forget to try our favorite Ice Recipes:

Italian Lemon Ice

Favorite Sherbet Watermelon Bombe

This is a watermelon section sliced and seedless

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. This is sheer genius. I love sorbet and could enjoy a little digestive after a meal :)

  2. Oh my, does this look incredible! And a perfect 'cool me down' for this ridiculously hot weather we’ve been having!

  3. watermelon and rum, are you serious? oh hell yeah, I am all over this one, what a great cool-me-down treat with a kick!!!

  4. I love making sorbets! I definitely am going to try this one.

  5. This sounds fantastic, Claudia! I love the idea of adding pineapple juice...so yummy! Hope you've having a great weekend~

  6. amazing looking this sorbet. Looks just perfect for summer. Brava come sempre.

  7. I agree with Lizzy, love that this is an adult version! Hope you had a great weekend!

  8. Hi Pengasuslegend, wow.... your watermelon sorbet look so tempting. This is what I need now for our hot climate in Malaysia. :)

    Have a nice day, regards.

  9. I have a coworker who recommends Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. I'll be sure to send this along to him!

  10. Ooh, we love watermelon and spiced rum but have never tried making a sorbet out of it. I have no doubt that I would LOVE this!

  11. This would be a great treat for our 4th of July party!!!

  12. A perfect summer cooler! I love esp. the watermelon one.


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