Lemon-Basil Granita

Total Time:
5 hr 20 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 hr
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus small leaves for garnish
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup vodka, optional
Directions
  • Combine the sugar with 3 cups water in a medium saucepan. Warm the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from the heat, and cool to room temperature.

  • Add the basil to the sugar syrup and muddle the leaves with the base of a wooden spoon. Let steep for 1 hour. Strain the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish (discard the basil). Stir in the lemon juice and vodka, if using. Freeze until the mixture begins to set, about 2 hours. Scrape with a fork to form small crystals in the ice every 30 minutes to an hour until the mixture is fully frozen, about 1 hour more.

  • Serve the granita in chilled glasses, garnished with the small basil leaves.


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