April 2, 2010

Drink of the Day: 2

Posted in musings tagged , , , , at 11:33 am by silversprung

Here is the second installment of my Drink of the Day series. This one was inspired by the welcome sunshine and all the nice weather forecast for this weekend. I’ve made this for bbq’s as well as indoor dinner parties. It’s cool and refreshing, but has one cooking step: the simple-to-make simple syrup.

Lemon Vodka Granita

It’s cool. It’s delicious. It has booze in it. You can’t really go wrong. Granita is an Italian dessert of sorta-frozen water, sugar, and flavorings. Unlike an Italian Ice or a snow cone, this is supposed to have a slushy, eat-with-a-spoon consistency. Perfect for hot days.

Due to all the cooling time this recipe requires, it’s a make-ahead drink.

Lemon Vodka Granita (Makes 8 servings)


8-10 lemons (save the peels!) squeezed to yield about 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

1 cup vodka (lemon or citrus flavored is nice)

3 cups water

1 cup sugar


8″x13″ metal baking pan or a metal bowl


Microplane (can substitute a grater or zester, but get yourself a microplane already… it works wonders)

Instructions: 1. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to boil. 2. While this is boiling, cut your lemons in half and juice them. (Save the peels!) 3. When sugar has dissolved, set your pan aside to cool- it has to get to room temperature. 4. Once cooled, whisk together your syrup, lemon juice, and vodka. I like to add some microplaned lemon rind as well. 5. Place in the freezer and every 30 minutes, scrape this up with a fork or a whisk and mix. 6. When mixture is ready (about 3-4hrs) it will be in slushy shavings.

To Serve #1: Spoon into 8 glasses, add more vodka if desired, and garnish with lemon slices.

To Serve #2: If you really want to get fancy-remember all those half lemons I told you to save? Clean out 8 lemon halves using a grapefruit knife or a regular knife. Then spoon the granita into each one and put back in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Add a splash of vodka to each to taste.

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