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Meyer Lemon Mint Granita

A light and refreshing palate cleanser that showcases the delicate flavor of meyer lemons. Perfect as a dessert or a mid-meal treat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Spanish
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 4 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 mint leaves


  • Using a vegetable peeler, zest long strips from 2 of the lemons and set aside. Juice the lemons through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and simmer on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Take the pot off the heat and add the zest and mint. Allow the flavors to steep for 30 minutes while the mixture cools.
  • Strain the zest and mint from the sugar syrup and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Pour the mixture into a brownie pan or flat-bottomed glass dish. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Stir the mixture very thoroughly with a fork and allow it to freeze for another 30 minutes.
  • Repeat this process every 30 minutes for 3-4 hours. Make sure to mix the granita well every time, scraping down the sides. The idea is to prevent ice crystals from forming so you wind up with a consistency similar to sorbet. If the mixture isn't stirred thoroughly you might wind up with small blocks of ice, which aren't nearly as fun to eat. 3 hours will give you a good granita, 4 hours will guarantee the consistency if you're not planning to serve it immediately. I recommend serving within 24 hours.