Ice tea with lemon granita
Posted on Monday 08th of August 2005 under
Each summer we tend to go through the â€œfavourite refreshing item of the seasonâ€ trend. Last year it was watermelon ice-cream, which I could not do without for more than 24-36 hours, but this year undeniably it must be ice tea with lemon granita.
Katia, being a true native, knew about this wonderful combination for years. However, she somehow failed to mention it for all these years that we've been coming to Sicily together. I guess the main reason is that before we became full-time Sicilians time was generally limited so we focused on just granitas or ice-creams and paid little attention to something as plain as tea of which the UK is overflowing. Well now that we have more time to look around I noticed people having this mixture at bars and decided to join in.
Result: the combination of the lemon granita with really cold tea is irresistible and I am now probably drinking more tea than I ever did in the UK!
The best thing about it is that while last yearâ€™s passion (the watermelon ice cream) could only be had at a couple of the proper gelaterie this can be found in just about any bar and it can be made at home.
The recipe is in the title as you can imagine â€“ for the lemon granite simple toss together some lemon ice cubes, some water ice cubes and sugar in a very strong mixer and mix until you get a grainy but almost creamy texture. It will keep in a freezer but it wonâ€™t be the same after that although still good.
As for the Moroccan mintâ€¦ there is a whole category on herbs building up as we are finally growing herbs at home.