Beverages, Desserts

Lemon granita

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A lemon granita is like a tall, cold, slushy lemonade drink. They are incredibly refreshing and easy to make.

Icy, lemon granita.
Icy lemon granita is very refreshing

When it’s a hot summer day having a nice cold drink (and treat) helps beat the heat. I love lemons, so when I was first introduced to the lemon granita while visiting Southern Italy, I was very intrigued. Many cafes serve up not only hot coffee and lattes, but delicious cool treats like this.

Scraping the lemon granita with a fork to form icy crystals.
Ice crystals forming in the freezer

The process for making a lemon granita is fairly straightforward. First you make a lemonade. Then you place the liquid into a ceramic casserole dish and into the freezer. The next step is the most important. You use a fork to scrape the mixture and make ice crystals every half hour or so until it freezes. Doing it this way ensures you get the perfect icy crystals for serving.

This recipe for the lemon granita is a little sweet and a little tart. You’ll love it. It’s just like a lemon granita on the Amalfi Coast. The lemon granita is a great summer treat to share for Independence day or any summer gathering.

A glass of lemon granita. A fork in the middle showing the icy crystals.
Lemon granita is a perfect summer treat

If you like lemons, you’ll really enjoy this. You can serve it as a dessert or just as a slushy drink. This will be our dessert this evening. My daughter gives it two thumbs up!

Lemon granita

Cool and refreshing. Sweet, yet tart. Coof off with a lemon granita this summer.

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  1. The first step is to dissolve the sugar in the water. You can do this on the stove top in a saucepan or boil the water in a kettle and add it and the sugar to a heat proof bowl. Stir and dissolve.
  2. Then stir in the lemon juice and let it cool slightly. You can either pour it into individual serving cups (plastic or paper) and freeze. Or pour it into a large ceramic baking dish.
  3. Set it in the freezer and with a fork scrape the mixture every half hour or so as it solidifies. When it solidifies into loose icy crystals, it’s ready to serve. Spoon into a decorative glass. It took approximately 2 – 2.5 hours for it to crystallize.

 

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