Do you remember those frozen lemonades at the amusement park? They came with a straw with a little spoon at the end, and you’d sip the melted lemonade from the straw, and then scoop the leftover ice? Well, this, along with mouth puckering Sicilian granita, are the inspirations for this easy dessert/cocktail. No ice cream machine, no fuss, just an ice cube tray and a blender. I did this version with lemon and lavender, but you could do lime and mint for frozen mojitos, or coconut milk and pineapple juice for an easy pina colada. So many fun options with this one.
2-3 lemons, peeled and then juiced (about 2/3 cup juice)
1 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
vodka or gin to taste
Combine lemon peels, sugar, water, and lavender in a pot over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Take off heat and let the syrup cool. Once room temp, strain, add the lemon juice, stir together, and pour into one ice cube tray.
To serve, crush the ice cubes in a blender or food processor, and top with vodka or gin.
Serve in deep cups with spoons and straws. Enjoy!