Chef John's Lemon Ice

Chef John's Lemon Ice

Desserts Fruit Desserts Lemon Desserts

Using the classic Italian granita technique makes this an easy and refreshing summer treat. I love the contrast between that light texture and bright, vibrant flavor.

Servings per recipe: 8
Calories per serving: 94
Preparation time: 10m
Total cooking time: 3h 10m


  • 4 cups cold water
  • 7/8 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


  • 1   Dissolve sugar in water in a pot over medium heat, whisking while water heats up. As soon as sugar dissolves and water is clear, remove pan from heat. While water is still warm, add lemon zest. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding lemon juice.
  • 2   Whisk in lemon juice and lemon extract. Pour into a baking pan about 9x13 inches. Place in freezer until ice starts to form around the edges, about 40 to 45 minutes. Use a fork to stir up ice. Do this every 20 to 30 minutes until lemon ice reaches your preferred texture, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 0g  
    Saturated Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  
Sodium 4mg  
Potassium 42mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24.8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Protein 0.1g  
Sugars 23g  
Vitamin A 7IU  
Vitamin C 16mg  
Calcium 8mg  
Iron 0mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 0mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 3mg  
Folate 4mcg