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Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice
Every August, the same things happens. I suddenly realize that summer is winding down. Fall is right around the corner. And then I freak out.

“Summer is almost over! I didn’t eat enough corn!”

“Soon it will be fall and I’ve only bought watermelon 3 times!”

“How can it be August and I haven’t used my ice cream maker yet?”

Yes, I freak out about not eating enough corn. Hush! Corn is delicious!

So like clockwork, that happened this month. I realized I haven’t taken advantage of watermelon being in season and that I haven’t made any ice cream. And really, you can never eat enough corn, can you?

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice on Spoon
Obviously, I had to remedy this! I made a corn salad and then I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice in my ice cream maker. I first discovered the ginger-watermelon combination when I had the idea to use ginger syrup to sweeten underripe watermelon. In general, I’m a big fan of adding ginger to just about anything. I love the spiciness and, being prone to migraine-related motion sickness and nausea, I love the fact that ginger calms my stomach too. (Do you get car sick? Try ginger gum or chews. The stronger the better.) Ginger gives the sweet, mild flavor of watermelon a little bit of a kick.

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice
The nice thing about this watermelon Italian ice recipe is that it’s easily adaptable. Do you have a lot of mint growing in the garden? Add that to the syrup instead of ginger. Basil will work well too. Use plain simple syrup and add the zest from a lemon or lime or two for a more citrusy flavor.

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Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

A refreshing Italian ice made with fresh watermelon and ginger. Adapted from Watermelon Sorbetto from The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato & Sorbetto by F.W. Pearce & Danilo Zecchini.

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 oz. ginger root, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 6 c. chopped seedless watermelon
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine water, sugar, and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Once syrup comes to a boil, reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. The longer you allow the mixture to cool, the more ginger-y the Italian ice will be. Discard ginger or use it to make candied ginger.
  2. Puree syrup, watermelon, and lemon juice in blender or food processor. Refrigerate watermelon mixture for about an hour (you can leave it right in the blender jar or food processor bowl).
  3. Pour watermelon mixture into ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to airtight container and freeze for about 2 hours before serving.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    August 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’m positive that the ginger would make me love that even more. Ginger makes me happy. Looks delish!

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      Kiersten
      August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Do you ever buy Blenheim Ginger Ale? (Have we discussed this before?) It is the gingeriest (it’s a word!) thing in existence. I make a cranberry sauce with it–so good! So gingery!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I did the same thing when I saw corn at the grocery last night. I was like “I need to make more corn (insert anything here)”

    Super cute cups for the ice!

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      Kiersten
      August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Corn freak-out! I could really eat it everyday but it goes bad so quickly once you get it home. So we have it once a week, at most. Sad!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    August 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I do the same thing. I start to panic when the farmers market start to thin out of my favorite produce, like apricots that you pretty much can’t get out of season. I love this granita! And I love that it’s dairy free.

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      Kiersten
      August 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      We’re lucky to have a long growing season here, but I found myself freaking out ever-so-slightly when I went to the farmers market this weekend and all the booths were starting to have fall veggies alongside the summer ones.

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    Samantha
    August 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I freak out the same way. Not enough summer produce in my belly!!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes into a summer produce-related panic every August. Summer goes by too fast!

  • Reply
    JulieD
    August 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    So pretty and yummy, Kiersten!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    August 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I’m having a similar freak-out right now .. Especially with every other blogger talking about Fall foods already when there are still so many summer foods I need to eat more of!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I know, all the booths at the farmers market here are starting to sell fall veggies now. Too soon!

  • Reply
    Emily
    August 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Another delightful recipe, another day that I wish I were your neighbor.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Ha! Well, there’s a house for sale down the block. 😉

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    Pam
    August 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This looks divine. I am going to buy an icecream maker this week. And ginger also helps clear skin from what I hear. So a great food habit to start with children before they hit their teens.

    Happy Summer Eating!

    Pam

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

      It took me so long to finally get an ice cream maker and I don’t use it all the time, but when I do use it, I’m so glad I have it!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    August 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    LOL! I do the same thing every year too! And I’ve just started doing it for this year. Too funny. What a great idea for a cold treat 🙂 And I love the color of it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I’m so glad other people do that too. Because I thought this was completely me being neurotic. 😉

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    August 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Oh could this look anymore refreshing!? Really this just looks awesome!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thank you! And yes, it is so refreshing–perfect on a really hot day. 🙂

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    August 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    An ice cream maker is now on my wish list! This looks so good – I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Get the KitchenAid attachment!

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    August 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    You keep posting these kind of photos and my monitor will soon be completely clean…one lick at a time. WOW that looks good!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I was really worried I’d have to take photos of this recipe a second time. Anything frozen is so hard to photograph!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

    This looks so lovely! I like the addition of ginger.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I will add ginger to just about anything! It almost always works. 🙂

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    August 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Looks amazing!! I am off to pin this

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    Lake
    August 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Never thought of mixing watermelon and ginger (=
    I did it a little different. I made a single serving by freezing the water melon first then blending it with a few pieces of candied ginger and a splash of lemon juice. Super yummy (=

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      Kiersten
      August 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I love this idea–especially with the candied ginger! I have a big bag of it in the pantry right now, in fact. 🙂

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    Genevieve
    August 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    That looks so refreshing! I love adding ginger to everything too, but I’ve never tried it with watermelon. I love how watermelon can pair so well with spicy or strong flavours though, so I bet the ginger works really well in this recipe! Also, I’ve definitely started to feel the pressure in getting enough use of summer produce before its gone – I haven’t had my share of local corn or garden tomatoes yet!

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      Kiersten
      August 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I’m definitely making some corn recipes this weekend! Unfortunately, local corn hasn’t been very good this year because we’ve had a lack of rain. But I’ll take what I can get!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    August 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    That looks so refreshing!

  • Reply
    Jennifer H
    August 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I love this!!

  • Reply
    Dee @ Cocktails with Mom
    August 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Oh me definitely want some!

  • Reply
    Alison
    August 18, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Oh my!! I loooooove Ginger and I love Watermelon! I can’t wait to make this. Or attempt to make it hehe.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

      If I can make it, you can make it. 😀

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    Katie
    August 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    yum! that looks like a perfect summer treat!

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    Shirley
    August 27, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I’m in love with the spoons and paper cups! SO cute. I am exactly the same about summer. I practically hiss when teacher and parent friends talk about kids going back to school, or when my Austen book club starts planning the Christmas party in August. I’ve eaten plenty of watermelon and corn this summer, fortunately, but I always miss them so much come fall and the long winter. This ice looks amazing!

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      Kiersten
      August 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      But you can never eat enough watermelon or corn! Never!

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    Kristin
    July 22, 2013 at 2:55 am

    You can probably make this without an ice cream maker too. Cut up watermelon and put it in a zip-loc bag in the freezer. Make sure the sugar/water/ginger mixture has cooled completely. Add all ingredients in blender. You might have to play around with the proportions to get the right consistency. Or you can have a wonderful smoothie too!

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      Kiersten
      July 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks for the tip! It would make a great granita too. 🙂

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    Alexa
    November 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Sounds delicious! Water melon is in season in South Africa and I can’t wait to try it!
    Is there a possibility of replacing the sugar with something more natural?

    Have a great fall!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      I haven’t tried making the recipe with anything other than sugar, so I can’t really say for sure! I think honey might work…

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    Eric
    May 20, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I made this tonight & found the ginger had mellowed so much in the syrup that I just blended into the mixture, turned out terrific. I think I would like to try again & use basil as well, Thanks,

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