Italian Lemon Ice


As kids my grandmother used to always make this Italian lemon ice on hot summer days. We loved them and now my kids love them too. The adult version is tasty too!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
6 servings


  • 5 cups water

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 12 leaves fresh mint, or as needed

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  • 1 fluid ounce raspberry-flavored liqueur (such as Chambord®) (Optional)


  1. Whisk water, sugar, and lemon zest together in a medium saucepan, then bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to whisk and boil for 5 minutes. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice.

  2. Transfer mixture to an 8x8-inch pan and freeze for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Remove pan from the freezer and stir with a fork to break up the ice. Freeze again for 3 hours. Scrape and mix ice into shavings with a fork.

  4. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with mint and lemon wedges. Top with raspberry-flavored liqueur as a little something extra for adults.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute orange zest and juice for lemon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 29mg 147%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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