Watermelon Granita-Filled Lime Cups

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 4h 15m

Makes 12 servings

These mini-melon look-alikes will delight your guests. Store extra granita (shaved ice) in a freezer container for later use.


  • 12 limes (reserve 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1/2 cup currants or raisins
  • Crushed ice (optional)


TO MAKE THE LIME CUPS: Cut limes in half lengthwise; cut around pulp of each half with sharp knife, leaving peel intact. Scoop out pulp, using spoon to loosen pulp from peel, and reserve 2 tablespoons lime juice for granita. Set lime cups aside.

TO MAKE THE GRANITA: Stir together sugar and water in small saucepan; heat to boiling. Cool slightly. Place watermelon in container of food processor; pulse to puree watermelon. Place colander over bowl; pour pureed watermelon into colander to strain out seeds, forcing watermelon through with back of spoon, if needed. Stir reserved lime juice and cooled sugar mixture into pureed watermelon.

Pour into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan; freeze until firm, about 4 hours. To serve, scrape frozen watermelon mixture with spoon to make granita. Stir in currants for seeds. Mound granita in lime cups; serve on bed of crushed ice.

Recipe reprinted by permission of National Watermelon Promotional Board. All rights reserved.

RecID 5899

nutrition information per serving

103 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 1mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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