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Lemon Ice

One of my favorite desserts is lemon Italian Ice, and I frequently buy the little cups of it available in the grocery store. It recently occurred to me to try to make it myself. I mean, how hard could it be?

As it turns out — not very hard at all! I googled recipes and did some research, and came up with my own recipe.

I bought 8 lemons.


Then I made a simple syrup, which is just water and sugar at a 2 to 1 ratio: so I did 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar.


Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and let it boil until the syrup is clear. Cool and chill. I put it in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and chilled in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, I juiced my lemons.


I needed 2 cups of lemon juice and each lemon yields abut a quarter cup of juice, so I juiced all 8 of my lemons. The end result:


I added the lemon juice, along with a cup of water, to the chilled simple syrup.


I now have just under 2 quarts of liquid. since my ice cream freezer holds 2 quarts, this is just right.


I put the lid on, turned it on, and let it process for half an hour.


After half an hour, I had this:


Frozen lemon ice!

I spooned it into individual containers:


Put the lids on, and they are ready for the freezer!


The homemade lemon ice tastes so much better because I used fresh lemon juice.

What Loki did to help:


Today I am completing my Britta Cowl. Stay tuned!


  1. Loki knows that sometimes (like my Carmen Day) your job is just to stay out of the way!

  2. Yum! I love lemon ice cream, ice, sherbert, etc! Thanks for the recipe. Now to find an ice cream maker on sale!

    Pepper has the same pose when she’ helping me around the house. It’s the best!

  3. There is a color similarity here…

  4. Loki looks like he was taking the opportunity to get control of the remote while his human was busy in the kitchen!

  5. Looks yummy. You can do the same thing with strawberries or mixed berries. I often do a big mixed berry salad with sugar and a bit of lemon, then turn the leftovers into sorbet.

    My furries help the same way Loki does, except usually right under my feet.
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  6. I want to drive to the store today to get lemons so that I can try this recipe. I love limon ice.

  7. sometimes that’s the hardest part, staying out of the way, even though a little cat fur always makes everything taste more like home made!!

  8. I love citrus desserts! This looks simple and elegant. Yum. Thanks for the tutorial!
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  9. WOW WOW WOW you make it look so easy – I also love lemon ice – and now must give some serious thought to getting an ice cream freezer.

  10. Oh that cat!

  11. Sounds delicious, lemon ice is so refreshing!

  12. I have a helper just like that!! If you can score some Meyer lemons next time, they add an extra bit of wonderfulness.

  13. That looks delicious! I have some meyer lemons in my ice box, I will be trying this.

  14. love recipes…ruffle Loki’s feathers for me.

  15. Hmm. So Loki uses the remote control? Male thing.

  16. lemon curd & cream puffs also fall into the pricey to buy, but so very, very simple to make category – also, I noticed none of the lemon curd brands at the store even use real butter anymore!

  17. Looks yummy! Can’t wait to see the cowl!
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  18. The Italian Ice looks really yummy! Love Loki – flat on his back with the remote;O))
    Happy New Year!

  19. Love anything as long as it’s lemon! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  20. Midnite Baker says:

    I’m adding this recipe to my ice cream recipe file for summer consumption. Sounds yummly!!
    I see Loki got pooped out from watching TV and playing Catch the Mouse on the IPad. Sparky is just trying to stay warm this week with day temps around 5 and night temps -10 more or less. Her new bed right now is the kitchen floor heat register. Take Care & Happy New Year to you and yours. M & Sparky

  21. Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    Wishing you, Loki, and Loki’s Dad a really great NEW YEAR!!

  22. Our lemon tree is full of ripe fruit right now so I’ll soon be making this…thank you for the recipe!

  23. WHAT??? :-O Loki has the remote? I can only assume that KOARC was not in attendance or that he has surrendered the crown to Loki.

    Happy Birthday a little late 🙂

  24. This is awesome and very clever to put in the little cups. I love this kind of thing for my son and I to control the good stuff. I am making yogurt today and that is so simple too. Thanks for the tips.

  25. Rebecca Evers says:

    I love Italian Lemon Ice; really I was obsessed with it when I discovered it in 1974. that is when I learned that Chicago has stands all over the city. Yours even looks the very same. One hint: the stands in Chicago cut up the lemon rind in the ice: adds color and heightens flavor.