There is nothing more refreshing than the taste of lemon. The flavor is crisp, tart, sour, and cleansing to the palate. This past week I was really craving a Rita’s Water Ice but I know how many calories are involved there. Too many. I decided to make my own lemon ice so that I could control the calories. For extra flavor, I infused the lemon syrup with a hint of basil. Let me tell you guys, if you are looking for more flavor in your food without the extra calories, try adding herbs! It works every time. This lemon ice was SUPER TASTY! I know it just looks like ordinary ice but it really packs an intense amount of flavor.
|Basil Lemon Ice|
- 5 lemons
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. basil leaves
- Juice 5 lemons and save the lemon halves.
- Bring the juice of the lemons, sugar, and 3/4 c. water to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, zest two of the lemons you juiced into wide strips. I used my vegetable peeler.
- Add basil leaves and zest to the boiling mixture and turn off the heat. Let it steep for 45 minutes.
- Strain ingredients in a mesh sieve and toss the basil and zest. Add 2 c. of cold water to the mixture, then pour into a baking dish and freeze for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, hollow out 6 of the juiced lemon halves, cut off the pointy tips of the lemons so they are able to stand up straight (like a cup) and freeze. I used a grapefruit spoon to hollow out the lemons.
- Scrape the ice with a fork; freeze 4 more hours, scraping every hour.
- Serve in lemon cups.