Lemon Italian Ice Recipe

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Alexandra Penfold

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. When the mixture first comes out of the ice cream maker it has a slushier texture, sort of what I imagine Philadelphia-style water ice to be (putting it on my priority list to get there for the real deal this summer!). My husband called the freshly made ice, "like a frozen lemonade." As you let it firm up in the freezer it will take on more of the the fluffy snowlike texture you might be more familiar with. In either case, it's a good sweet treat for if your throat is scratchy and your feeling kind of blue.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 6 hrs
Serves: 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 1 cup (about 7 ounces) sugar

  • 1 cup fresh juice and 1 tablespoon zest from about 8 lemons

  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl or measuring cup, dissolve sugar in boiling water. Whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract. Cover and chill completely, 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Add mixture to electric ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer's directions until icy crystals form and you have a thick, slushlike mixture. Transfer to a large bowl or container and return to freezer to freeze to desired degree of firmness, about 2 to 3 hours.

Special equipment

1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
141 Calories
0g Fat
36g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)