This lemon granita is absolutely delicious, super fresh and very easy to make. We could also prepare it with oranges, tangerines or grapefruits.
Granita is born in Italy, more specifically in Sicily, where the lemon granita is traditional, where lemons are characterized by not being so sour. We can find granites all over Italy, for example in Messina it is usually made of coffee, or in Catania of almonds.
But what is a granita? It is defined as a refreshing drink made exclusively with sugar, water and something that gives it flavor (citrus juice, coffee, even jasmine) and that is NOT made with a machine (icecream maker), but is simply frozen (stirring occasionally while this happens) and then scraped with a fork to get crystals.
The size of the crystals varies according to taste, but they are more “noticeable” than in typical ice cream and less than in a slush (which is made from crushed ice to which a flavoring is added)
In a granita dairy products will never be added, as in a creamy blackberry ice cream or strawberry and yogurt ice cream, much less cream cheese as in an oreo ice cream, the main idea recipe of granita is to be fresh and VERY light, perfect to finish some too greasy food.
So as you can see, this granita recipe is a base for you to prepare to your liking, for example a granita of lemon and mint, or coffee with touches of cinnamon or orange peel, what would you like to prepare your granita?
- 6 tablespoons granulated white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup lemon juice without seeds or pulp
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- In a small pot combine the sugar with the water, heat over medium heat, and cook until it begins to boil, stirring occasionally for the sugar to dissolve.
- Turn off the heat and let cool, refrigerate until the syrup is completely cold.
- Mix the cold syrup well, with the juice and lemon zest.
- Put the mixture into a bowl (I prefer it to be glass) and take it to the freezer.
- Every 20 minutes stir the granita until it is completely frozen (it should take between 2 and 3 hours)
- With a fork scrape the granita so that it has a texture similar to snow.
- We serve immediately and enjoy!