Lemon Ice

Light and flavorful Lemon Ice or granita is the perfect warm weather dessert to cool down with this summer!


Lemon Ice or Italian Granita - The Foodie Affair


I brought you the adult version of a snow cone! This fluffy mound of ice will take you back to your childhood years! Do you recall the snow cone stands with the bright red or blue flavorings you could add to your ice?

You can find the stands in warm weather areas near the beach in California, Hawaii and Florida! I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the dessert to drink the syrup that pooled up in the little paper cup.

No matter where you live you can make this simple and refreshing homemade lemon ice!

I have a little lemon tree in our yard, but I don’t think the tree is very healthy. It only produces a handful of lemons and they’re all mis-shaped. I still get happy when I see them pop up though and toss them together with the pile of lemons I buy. Lemons remind me of sunshine and summer days!


Lemon Ice (Granita) - The Foodie Affair


You don’t need a snow cone machine to blend up the ice once the ingredients are set. Every couple of hours I whipped the ice by hand with a whisk. When I was ready to serve this I took out my hand blender and it beat this pretty pile of lemon ice!

This is a delicious light dessert or can be used as a palate cleanser between courses for a dinner party. I used granulated sugar, but you can also use a sugar substitute like xylitol. You just need to make sure that the type of sugar replacement you use is dissolvable.

As we get closer to SUMMER cool down with this lemon ice or make a pitcher of peach or strawberry lemonade or how about trying this spiked lemonade!


Lemon Ice (Granita) - The Foodie Affair

Lemon Ice in a yellow serving dish with blueberries

Lemon Ice

Refreshing granita style dessert is delightful finishing meal or in between course palette cleanser.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute like xylitol or monk fruit
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • mint and blueberries optional


  • Put water in a medium saucepan and heat on high until the water boils. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest. Freeze in a heat proof bowl. Remove from freezer and beat until fluffy with a whisk or hand blender. Serve with sprigs of mint leaves and blueberries (optional).


Serving: 1g | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 35g


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Lemon Ice or Granita - The Foodie Affair


Lemon Ice (Granita) - The Foodie Affair
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  1. Lemon ice was a special treat when visiting Rhode Island as a girl. I’ve never done it at home, but think it is time to pull out the ice shaver and give it a try.

  2. Oh my! Saving this for the kids. This would be perfect for them this summer! Well perfect for everyone, but they would think I was the best mom ever!

  3. We recently went on a cruise and my husband LOVED the pallet cleansers. He is always asking if I will make them, even just as a dessert. I’ll have to make this one for him.