[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold] My great, great grandfather was a lemon farmer in southern Italy. Lemons run in our blood. As a kid, lemon Italian ice was a favorite dessert. I loved the little yellow cups with the wooden spoons...
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Making bright and tart Lemon Italian Ice at home is super easy. All you need is some sugar, water, a whole bunch of lemon and some lemon extract.
The flavors change daily, but I was lucky enough to go on a pistachio day. I tried other flavors too—lemon and pineapplem&mdashand they were great. But the pistachio blew me away.
Tea is my default winter sip, but once it gets oh my god it's too hot to sweat hot, I switch over to iced coffee. It's as refreshing as a cold shower, full-bodied without any sugar, and satisfying enough to keep me going. The only thing that could make it better is a spin in an ice cream maker, with a splash of milk and sugar, which makes for a crisp, clean sherbet.
This sherbet is only as good as the iced coffee that goes into it, so use the best you can get or make. Once you've managed that, this recipe comes together in less than ten minutes and is churned in another twenty.