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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lemon Honey Granita

With the summer heat increasing and no chance of a cool change coming anytime soon (hurry up Fall), my lemon love is coming on strong. For those of you that didn't notice, this is my second lemon recipe this week! Funny thing is, I made this before my Skinny Lemonade. It just took me until now to post it.

This Lemon Honey Granita speaks for itself and you're either going to love it or not. Which means if you don't like lemons, then you can just stop right here. And I don't think we can be friends either.

Because as all of you know, that little tart yellow fruit is one of my favorite foods to use, whether in cooking or baking. Lemons are one of my all-star foods!

Now there's not much I can really say about this Lemon Honey Granita.
  • it's cold (always a good thing in the summertime)
  • it's lemony (always a plus in my book!)
  • and it has a sweet honey flavoring that blends well with the tartness of the lemons.
Plus it's made with vodka. You can never go wrong when you add a little booze to your Granita!

Blend that all together and you have a refreshingly light treat for a hot summer day. Perfetto!

Just a little note, you ain't seen the last of my lemon love!

Lemon Honey Granita

Recipe by Julie Murphy
A refreshingly sweet lemon Granita infused with vodka to help you keep your cool during the summer months.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes (not including freeze time)
  • 1 cup Lemon water*
  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  1. Add 1 cup of plain water and honey to a non-reactive small saucepan. Heat over low to medium heat until honey is dissolved into water. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lemon water, lemon juice, vodka, and heated honey water. Stir together.
  3. Pour into a freezer proof container, a bread loaf pan works great for this.
  4. Place into the freezer, being careful not to spill contents.
  5. After 1 hour, remove from freezer and check to see if ice crystals have started to form around the edges. If so, take a fork, stir the mixture, scraping the ice crystals to the center of the pan.
  6. Replace back into the freezer, checking about every 30 to 45 minutes, stirring to help break up large ice crystals. Placing back into the freezer.
  7. Repeat above steps until you have fine crystals of Granita. This usually takes about 6 to 7 more times of breaking up mixture with fork, depending on your freezer settings.
  8. Let freeze overnight. You can even repeat above steps after mixture sets overnight.
  9. Serve immediately when ready, as mixture may melt quickly. To help prevent rapid melting, you can always dish out ahead of time into serving cups and place into freezer until ready to serve.
  10. Garnish with lemon zest or fresh sprigs of peppermint leaves.

*Helpful Hints*
- Lemon water is made by placing freshly washed lemons into a jar of water and letting it sit in the refrigerator up to 2 to 3 weeks, and then using the water for this Granita. You know the Lemon water is ready to use when it has a yellowish tint to it.
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