Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the weather has already been giving us patio season vibes for weeks now. So I thought I’d do my part and share a little something refreshing for you to enjoy while Mother Nature shows out. Today, we’re talking about how to make watermelon rosé granita–basically boozy snow cones. This easy granita recipe is quick and only calls for four ingredients. Plus, there’s no actual cooking involved. Just pressing a button and freezing! And the result tastes exactly like the ingredients–fresh, juicy watermelon with a kick of rosé. Let’s get into the deliciously simple details.

scoop of watermelon rosé granita

watermelon rosé sorbet on ice cream scoop

What is Granita?

Granita is a frozen Italian dessert made with virtually any kind of fruit, sugar, and water. Of course, for watermelon rosé granita, I replaced the water with rosé. The process to make this alcoholic granita is identical to that of my strawberry red wine sorbet but the result is a little different. Whereas the sorbet is smooth, this granita has a texture more like an adult snow cone. To achieve this, you’ll want to scrape it out of the pan instead of scooping it. Think of this as a slightly more fun wine slushy or a boozy sno cone.

You’ll only need a handful of ingredients for this rosé wine granita. Here they are:

  • Fresh or frozen watermelon chunks (This recipe is a great way to use up extra watermelon from a cookout!)
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Rosé wine (I like a good Grenache rosé in this granita but just use your favorite. Here are more wine recommendations.)

watermelon rosé granita in wine glasses

If you’re making granita for kids, just replace the wine with water or fruit juice. Or might I also recommend my frozen watermelon mint lemonade? It calls for just a few ingredients and kids love it. Adults enjoy it, too. And, going back to the boozy tip, I have two words for you: margarita watermelon. Go ahead and click then thank me later! I just want to make sure you know all your options.

Are you kicking back at home for the foreseeable future or do you plan to get into these Memorial Day streets soon (if not already)? Let me know below. And if you have any questions about how to make granita, drop a comment, too. Thanks for reading!


P.S. more rosé content:

5 from 8 votes
Watermelon Rosé Granita
Prep Time
5 mins
Freezing time
2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Fusion, Italian
Keyword: frozen drink recipe, homemade sorbet frozen fruit, how to make granita, rose wine recipe ideas, wine slushies
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz
  • 4-5 cups watermelon chunks fresh or frozen
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup rosé wine
  1. Add watermelon chunks, lemon juice, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the rosé to a food processor.

  2. Cover and pulse a few times then add remaining rosé wine. This step prevents a lot of splatter that I find happens when I add all of the rosé at once.

  3. Turn food processor on low for about 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth and free of any large watermelon chunks. Small watermelon chunks are ok.

  4. Pour into a small, freezer-safe dish and freeze for at least two hours.

  5. Scrape a spoon across the surface of the frozen mixture to get the little signature granita curls. Scoop them into a glass to serve and eat with a spoon.

Recipe Video

spoon of watermelon rosé granita

pan of watermelon rosé sorbet with ice cream scoop