Cherry Lemon Ice

Cherry Lemon Ice

After making lemon ice recently I had thought about variations. What else could be added to the base recipe? I decided to try cherries because I love the way cherry and lemon tastes together. I was not disappointed. The cherries took my lemon ice to a whole new level. And the color!!! This may be one of my favorite frozen desserts ever.

You can use sweet or sour cherries for this recipe. I reduced the sugar from my original Lemon Ice recipe. Taste it before freezing and adjust sweetness to your preferences. Keep in mind, it will taste less sweet after freezing.

I am definitely making this recipe again. Besides just enjoying it as a dessert, you can add scoops to cocktails or non alcoholic drinks.

Cherry Lemon Italian Ice

2½ c. water

1 c. sugar

1¼  c. lemon juice*

Zest of 2 lemons, optional

2 cups pitted cherries

Combine water and sugar in bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and zest, if adding, and stir until well combined. Add the cherries. Place in a food processor or blender and process until cherries are liquefied. Since I knew I was going to be processing the ice in a food processor after freezing, I didn’t bother to blend the mixture up first. I just made the lemon ice base, tossed in the cherries and through it in the freezer. It really is about how smooth you want it to be.I knew I didn’t mind a few small flecks of cherry. Freeze.

You have options here. You can place the mixture in a shallow tray- preferably one with a tight lid- and place in the freezer. Or you can put the mixture in any shape container with a tight lid and freeze. It kind of depends on how you plan to serve your ice, once it is frozen. Some recipes call for stirring the mixture every 30 minutes as it freezes. Then to serve it, you just scrape over the surface with a heavy spoon for a grainy ice- a granita. This is one option and a tasty one. Works best in the flatter, longer container.

Another option is to just freeze it. Once frozen, allow the cherry lemon ice to soften a few minutes, then break into chunks and place in a food processor. Run the processor until the mixture is smooth- then serve or put back in the freezer until you want to serve it. You can even repeat the food processing part another time for a smoother end product. This is what I did with this batch. I wanted a sorbet – like texture.

If you didn’t have enough choices already, you can also put the mixture in an ice cream machine to freeze. This method will also give you a sorbet like final product.

No one way is best- it is just what you like. Makes about a quart and a half.

* you can use lime juice and zest instead, for lime ice- or even use them together.

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