Italian Lemon Ice Granita

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


  • 1 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 cup of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Zest of One Lemon (grate the yellow part of the skin)
  • 5 cups of Ice Cubes


  1. Place a shallow baking dish (like 9X13) in the freezer for a couple hours. You want that nice & cold.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the water & sugar. Place it on medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook long enough till the sugar has melted. (Don’t keep longer than that or it’ll start to turn into caramel)
  3. In a large bowl with the ice cubes, pour the hot sugar syrup. Stir occasionally until the ice cubes have almost melted.
  4. Add the lemon juice & lemon zest. Mix well.
  5. Remove the baking dish that you had kept in the freezer.
  6. Pour this lemon ice mixture into the dish. Freeze for 1 hour.
  7. With a fork, mix up the mixture to break up any pieces that have frozen.
  8. Pop it back in the freezer and every 45 minutes, mix it with a fork to make sure the mixture doesn’t freeze in one big block.
  9. Repeat the fork method every 45 minutes for 4-5 hours.
  10. Serve Immediately.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian