Using the classic Italian granita technique makes this an easy and refreshing summer treat. I love the contrast between that light texture and bright, vibrant flavor.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve sugar in water in a pot over medium heat, whisking while water heats up. As soon as sugar dissolves and water is clear, remove pan from heat. While water is still warm, add lemon zest. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding lemon juice.

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  • Whisk in lemon juice and lemon extract. Pour into a baking pan about 9x13 inches. Place in freezer until ice starts to form around the edges, about 40 to 45 minutes. Use a fork to stir up ice. Do this every 20 to 30 minutes until lemon ice reaches your preferred texture, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Cook's Notes:

For the sugar, 7/8 cup equals 14 tablespoons.

Some people prefer their lemon ice on the slushy side. My preference is fully frozen, like shaved ice.

Nutrition Facts

94 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 24.8g; sodium 4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2017
I made this for my family and it was delicious! I skipped the lemon zest and added the lemon extract. If I left the lemon extract out it would have been better. I am excited to experiment with other fruits. I have already tried grapefruit and it came out beautifully. I plan to make a watermelon one and I hope it will be as good as the others. This technique is very easy and I would reccommend it to anyone. A great recipe to try with kids! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2018
I modified this recipe slightly. I poured fresh lemonade into a plastic pitcher and put it in the freezer, stirring occasionally as it began to freeze. It made an entire gallon without all the fru-fru fuss. Step one: pour; step two: place in freezer; step three: stir...voila! Chef Gregg at your service. Read More
(4)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2017
I made this for my family and it was delicious! I skipped the lemon zest and added the lemon extract. If I left the lemon extract out it would have been better. I am excited to experiment with other fruits. I have already tried grapefruit and it came out beautifully. I plan to make a watermelon one and I hope it will be as good as the others. This technique is very easy and I would reccommend it to anyone. A great recipe to try with kids! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2016
This was so good! i made it more like a slushy with a straw in a glass. i think i ate an iceburgs worth! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2017
My Mom used to make lemon "sherbet" like this when I was little. I remember she poured it into a metal ice cube tray to freeze after she took out the cube dividers. It was always one of my favorite desserts. (I DON'T remember her taking it out and stirring it frequently tho') Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2018
I modified this recipe slightly. I poured fresh lemonade into a plastic pitcher and put it in the freezer, stirring occasionally as it began to freeze. It made an entire gallon without all the fru-fru fuss. Step one: pour; step two: place in freezer; step three: stir...voila! Chef Gregg at your service. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2018
With spring in the air this is a very refreshing recipe. My goal is to try it with fresh strawberries next time!! Thanks John Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2019
Very delicious. It took a very long time for it to freeze, but it was totally worth it for the tart, and refreshing dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2017
AMAZING!! Love it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2017
I made this with grapefruit juice instead and it was really good! I can't wait to make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2018
This lemon ice is very refreshing and tastes amazing. Read More