secret recipe club: minted lemon ice

for this month's secret recipe club, i chose something incredibly simple - in ingredients, time, and method - and refreshing, since our thermostat has been wavering between hot & humid and obnoxiously hot and humid, from no reason needed. it's no surprise that frozen lemonade and lemon italian ice are two of jason's favorite hot weather treats, since he loves the tartness of lemons. this time - as i did last summer with this minted pineapple lime agua fresca - i added some fresh mint to kick up the freshness. i loved it. with the tartness of the lemon, freshness of the mint, and sweetness from simple syrup, it's a perfect mid afternoon treat to beat the heat.

for more information on the secret recipe club, including the list of participating bloggers, featured recipes from members, and instructions on how to join, visit the secret recipe club website
check out my previous secret recipe club posts: white chocolate macadamia nut blondies, raspberry cream filled eclairs, jam swirled cheesecake, whole wheat grapefruit cake, chewy no bake granola bars & carrot cinnamon waffles, cannoli, gingerbread muffins, double chocolate peanut butter chip oatmeal cookies, butterscotch peach cake, whole wheat honey pancakes, minted pineapple lime agua fresca, breakfast tacos, simple almond sandwich cookies, & roasted banana rum cake.

minted lemon ice
adapted from no reason needed
5 minutes prep, at least 6 hours freeze; serves 2-4

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
big sprig fresh mint
  1. bring the water and sugar to a boil and boil a couple minutes to make sure the sugar is dissolved.
  2. remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. transfer to an 8x8", 9x9" or 8.5x4.5" pan and add the mint sprig. 
  3. let sit on the counter to cool for 10-15 minutes. remove the mint sprig & transfer to the freezer.
  4. freeze completely solid, six to eight hours, or overnight. use a fork to scrap the surface of the ice before serving.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I was thinking to make this again over the weekend and now you've put the thought back out there.

  2. I chose a sorbet for the same reasons. Nothing better in the summertime. This looks great!

  3. It looks wonderful! I made mint lemonade yesterday. Nothing can be better in hot weather than lemon and mint. And your photo is simply beautiful!

  4. what a great pick for SRC! mint=summer to me :)

  5. What a perfect hot weather treat, looks and sounds wonderful.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. A nice refreshing granita is definitely the best way to beat the heat! Ever tried having it with a warm brioche bun?? :D We eat it this way in Sicily for breakfast ;) And then, if the night gets cold, there is always my version of your garlic chicken to warm up our bellies ;)

  7. What a nice refreshing summer treat! Love your photos.

  8. I must make that now! So simple, and I've wanted to make a granita all summer. I think we have a couple of lemons, and there is definitely mint in the garden...

  9. this does look perfect for a hot and humid day. We have been having WAY too many of those so this is in the near future.


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