Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice

I don’t know what the weather has been like near you this week, but in Boston Mother Nature has made it clear that summer ain’t over. Which is good news for me – more time for ice cream!


This time around I wanted to try making a relatively “healthy” sweet treat and this ice has no added sugars. In fact it’s only 3 ingredients!


  • 1/2 medium size watermelon (about 5 cups of juice)
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • Handful of mint leaves

I made this last summer and it was so refreshing the watermelons beckoned me across the produce section to make it again.

Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice - DesignLively

How to make Watermelon Lime Mint Ice:

1. First step, liquify your watermelon. You could do this in a blender or a food processor. I chose the low-tech path by using a pastry cutter in a strainer with a bowl below to catch the juice. If you process the melon, you should strain out the pulp with a strainer.

2. Add your lime juice (and I added some lemon too). Be sure to strain out the seeds.

3. Take a handful of mint leaves and finely chop. Mix the leaves into the watermelon/lime juice.

Next, I decided to try it in my ice cream maker – which didn’t work. It didn’t freeze enough with that method and was too liquid-y. (Although my Mom made another version of Watermelon Ice this weekend that had Ginger Ale in it, and it froze in her ice cream machine and ended up a nice consistency.)

Fortunately we’re not trying to churn ice cream, so I reverted back to the foolproof method – stick it in the freezer!

Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice - DesignLively

After a few hours, I scraped the top with a fork. It gets quite hard in the freezer so you will want to leave it out for a few minutes to thaw before serving.

This ice is delicious, naturally sweet, and refreshing. Watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit to me.

Recipe: Watermelon Lime Mint Ice - DesignLively

I also took some leftovers and mixed it into my favorite beverage – seltzer! The perfect summer slushy.

What’s your favorite way to eat watermelon? I keep reading about grilled watermelon with salt… anyone tried it??