When you're looking for something cold and fruity to beat summer's blistering heat, consider this frozen Italian dessert with an adult twist.

Makes 1 quart


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2" piece peeled ginger, thinly sliced
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup citron vodka


Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 3 hours

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and ginger. Bring to a boil, whisking until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat, stir in lemon zest, and let cool fully. Pour mixture through a strainer (discarding pulp), then whisk in lemon juice and vodka.

Pour liquid into a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze 1 hour. Remove dish from freezer and stir granita with a fork to break it up, paying particular attention to edges of dish. Return granita to freezer, raking it with a fork every half hour until it is completely frozen and flaky.

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