Watermelon Snow Cones

These cool and refreshing Watermelon Snow Cones are the quintessential frozen summer treat for both kids and adults.


8 cups large diced watermelon (about 1/3 of a big watermelon)
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1 / 4 cup)
2 tsp. lemon zest
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar, for simple syrup
3/4 cup water, for simple syrup
Spring of mint, for garnishing (optional)


For the simple syrup, heat water and sugar over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves. If you prefer the mixture less sweet, add only 2/3 cup sugar. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

Add watermelon, lemon juice, simple syrup, lemon zest and salt to blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Strain the mixture and pour into a 9x9-inch pan. Carefully transfer to freezer. Freeze about 1 hour.

When the mixture just begins to freeze, about 45 to 1 hour, remove from the freezer and scrape with fork to break up the crystals. Return to freezer. Freeze for another 30 minutes and scrape again. Repeat 2 more times. Let freeze overnight. To serve, thaw mixture at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with fork. Scoop into little paper cups or small glasses. Garnish with sprig of mint, if desired.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.