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Lemon Italian Ice Recipe

Staff Writer


This Italian Lemon ice is a perfect refreshing summer treat, and it turns out that it's surprisingly easy to make at home. Adjsut the ratio of sugar to lemon juice based on your sweet and sour preferences. 

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 lemons, juice of 1 and zest of all 3
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


Dissolve the sugar in boiling water and set aside to cool. Add the lemon juice and zest to the cooled mixture and transfer to a metal cake pan. Freeze the mixture, making sure to stir the crystals every so often so that the texture is powdery instead of making a solid ice block. Serve the lemon ices with fresh mint leaves. 

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