Lemon Verbena Granita Cups


6 lemons
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons chopped lemon
verbena leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish


Slice the top third off each lemon, then cut a small section of rind off each root end (so lemons can stand upright). Hollow out the lemons, reserving juices for the granita. Freeze lemons 2 to 3 hours.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, juice, water, zest, and chopped lemon verbena leaves. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain the mixture into a shallow baking dish and freeze 1 hour.

Remove baking dish from freezer, scrape the mixture with a fork, and return to freezer 15 minutes. Repeat cycle of scraping and freezing twice more, scraping one last time before filling frozen lemon cups. Garnish with whole lemon verbena leaves.


6 servings

Total Time

15 Minutes

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