Lemon Ice

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy more food with family and friends. With the heat, heavy meals are usually not the best of ideas. How about making your own Lemon Ice?

Ices originated in Italy. Also known as Granitas, they can be made of any flavor combination. You don’t even need an ice cream maker! With only 4 ingredients, you can make a fantastic refreshing dessert for eveyone to enjoy.


Yields: 6 servings

2 cups water
1 cup superfine sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups lemon juice

In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, sugar and lemon zest.

Remove from heat once the sugar has dissolved completely.

Cool completely. Then, combine with the lemon juice.

Place the ice in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and place in the freezer. Every 30 minutes, pull the ice out and scrape with a fork. When the mixture is scoopable, it is ready to serve.

Serve in bowls or wine glasses. Garnish with a lemon slice and a piece of mint.

Other ideas: Use limes in place of lemons.

Photograph by Lori Maffei.


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