I was visiting a friend a few days ago and was served this lovely drink – a traditional Sicilian recipe using lots of freshly squeezed lemon juice called granita. The Food Lover’s Companion book says that granita is an ice made from a particular flavouring (fruit juice, wine or coffee) with the proportion of one part sugar to 4 parts liquid – the ice is stirred frequently during the freezing process; this recipe may be used as a drink or to make a refreshing ice. Our lemon tree was struggling in the heat and needed to have some fruit removed, making granita was a great way to use up some lemons. We picked kilos of lemons and ended up with 3 litres of juice of which I have already used half (I will make some lemon ice blocks or maybe some cordial with the rest). So thanks to Tanya for the recipe….

Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2Lt
A refreshing summer drink using lots of lemon juice.
  • 600ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon or orange essence
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • some hot water to dissolve the sugar
  • water to make up to 2Lt
  1. Prepare the lemon juice
  2. Boil water and add to the cup of sugar, cream of tartar and essence and stir to dissolve
  3. When sugar is dissolved add the lemon juice and enough water to make bring the mixture up to 2 Lt
  4. Cool and store in the fridge
  5. Serve on ice undiluted or dilute with a little water (could use sparkling) to taste
I have made two batches of the drink and reduced the sugar to ¾ cup for the second batch because our lemons are meyer and quite sweet.



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