This is a yummy lemon granita recipe with a hit of vodka to keep things interesting.
Leftover lemons are perfect for making delicious lemonade. Add a hit of vodka and you have yourself a pretty fine beverage. For those really hot summer days, I like to take it to the next level and make lemon granita. One of the easiest frozen desserts you can make.
Granitas are very popular in Italy and, when I travelled to Sicily in 2016, we enjoyed this dessert for breakfast with a brioche bun.
Granita is “related to sorbet and Italian ice; however, in most of Sicily, it has a coarser, more crystalline texture.” Source.
You’ll start by making a sugar syrup which takes about 5 minutes to make. Then, once it’s cooled, simply add your lemon juice, zest, and vodka, and stir. Now freeze it in a shallow tray.
Improving the texture of your granita
The secret to a light airy dessert is to use a fork to run along the granita about an hour into freezing. This breaks up the ice into finer particles. Then when you serve it up, use a fork again to scrape the frozen mixture into a small dessert bowl or glass.
Alternatives to vodka
If you have kids or you don’t drink, you could leave out the vodka altogether.
Vodka isn’t your favourite spirit? Add vermouth, whiskey or rum.
Lemon Granita Recipe
- 3 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice
- 2 lemons zested
- 1/2 cup vodka
- In a medium saucepan add water and sugar then heat until the sugar has dissolved then allow to cool.
- Once cooled, stir in lemon juice, zest and vodka.
- Pour the mixture into a shallow baking tray and add to the freezer for 1 hour. Remove from the freezer and use a fork to create break up the ice into fine crystals.
- Freeze for 3 hours until hard. To serve, use a fork to run along the frozen granita. This will create a snow-cone consistency which you can then serve in a small bowl or martini glass.