Italian Lemon Ice

A delicious slushy type of Italian ice that is the most refreshing way to cool off on a hot day.During the hot summers in Upstate Utica, New York, we couldn't wait until all the Italian pastry shops started to put this back on their menu after a long hard winter! 

 Italian Lemon  Ice

Back in Upstate NY, where I grew up. we couldn't wait for June to arrive, that's when our local Italian bakeries started to make this delicious Italian ice. 

Then when we were fortunate enough to have a nice hot day everyone would rush down to the bakery and hope they didn't run out of it, to buy a quart or more it's so good!

 We would have to stand in long lines!

Here is our family recipe and our version of this lemon ice.

 If you aren't as fortunate to live near a wonderful Italian Pastry Shop, this will be a treat!

Italian Lemon Ice is the most refreshing way to cool off in summer heat!

 Italian Lemon  Ice

 Italian Lemon  Ice

Traditional Italian Lemon  Ice

2 cups of bottled water
2 cups sugar
Zest of 2 lemons ( grated and set aside) around 1 tablespoon
1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice  (I use all fresh lemons)  note: (if using reconstituted) use at least 2 fresh lemons squeezed and enough reconstituted juice to make one cup.

Heat water and sugar to boiling. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Cool to room temperature. Divide evenly to three ice trays freeze until almost frozen, stirring every half hour when slushy freeze over night.

This mixture has to be put in a container and then slightly frozen before using an ice cream maker. After freeing, put the slushy mixture into the ice cream maker it takes around 35 to 40 minutes to reach a perfect consistency.

( To use Ice cream maker, make sure mixture is slushy before adding to machine (follow manufacturer instructions).

Take ice trays out, shave frozen with a food processor from mixture in ice trays which is recommended, you can use the back of a fork however much harder to do. If you have a hard time getting this shaved with a fork or getting this out of the trays, microwave for 10 seconds, remove ice . 

 Keep in air tight container, in freezer.
This method won't come out right without stirring every half hour.

Here are some optional flavors following same instructions: always boiling the water and sugar together first to make a simple syrup.

1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups of either fruits using raspberries, strawberries or peaches (peaches must be peeled , sliced, ripe peaches)
11/2 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Puree fruit in blender with lemon juice.

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 grated orange rind (no white part)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup sugar
11/2 cups water
1 cup grape juice
1/4 cup orange juice or pineapple juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice


  1. i didn't realize it was so easy to make. perfect for hot days like day (100+ degrees)

  2. I am so so grateful for this recipe! I had loads of this in Italy and it was so refreshing! So great to be able to recreate the flavours! Thank you :)

  3. Oh yes...this is the type treat I grew up on. Rita's water ice or any of the venders that had ices outside Philadelphia. I miss the foods from the Philly area the most.

  4. I haven't had Italian Ice in a long time. This brings back wonderful memories... :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  5. Yea for Upstate New York! That's where I am, and this Italian Ice, especially lemon, is my husband's favorite. I agree that it brings back wonderful memories-

  6. What a beautiful, refreshing treat. And so easy!

  7. Looks very delicious and what a great treat for a steamy hot day!

  8. Oh I haven't had an Italian ice in years! This sounds great.

  9. Yum! So fresh and delicious! Looks great!

  10. One of my favourite lemon ice creams! I'm not really into ice-cream usually but this one looks very good

  11. ilove home made ice withe citrus flavours... this looks really delicious

  12. My grandfather use to take me for lemon ice as a kid and it has always brought back memories of him. I love its fresh flavor.

  13. This looks so yummy and refreshing, thanks for sharing! I'm popping by to visit from Katherine's linky!

  14. This is one of my favorite things! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. XO

  15. I made this with lime, mint and a little tequilla, I put the fresh crushed mint and tequilla in with the simple suryp them removed the leaves when the suryp cooled down. The alcohol boils out, but this tasted amazing!!

  16. I love all the delicious variations!! Perfect for this hot summer!!!


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