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Ersatz Calamansi Lime Shaved Ice with Grass Jelly

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

You can find canned calamansi lime juice drinks online and in well-stocked Southeast Asian groceries. If you do, feel free to use them straight for the shaved ice (a granita, really) instead of this recipe, with no added sugar.

Black grass jelly, a gel made with the extract of a Chinese variety of mint, can be found in cans in Asian groceries, and is best served chilled. Leftover jelly can be stored in the refrigerator, covered.

The more shallow the ice base is in the container, the quicker it will freeze, so use a wide tupperware or baking pan, or several smaller ones.

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