Mint placed decoratively on the serving dishes of Lemon Ice.

Homemade Italian Lemon Ice

Forget the fancy ice cream maker, you can make this refreshing Homemade Italian Lemon Ice in 5 easy steps-with a fork.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian ice, Italian lemon ice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 72kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 cup water filtered or bottled
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup granulated sugar based on personal preference
  • pinch salt
  • lemon peel of 1 organic lemon
  • lemon zest of 1 organic lemon
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice from 3-4 organic lemons


  • Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved (approx. 5 minutes.)
  • Remove from burner.
  • Add lemon peel, zest and mint leaves and allow to steep for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove lemon peel and mint leaves (the grated zest will provide for a nice texture.)
  • Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Pour liquid in a shallow stainless steel pan.
  • Place in freezer and stir to break up the ice every 30 minutes for 3-4 hours. The consistency should be granular but still slushy.
  • Serve immediately in chilled bowls.


Try to remove the white pith on the lemon peels as this will make your lemon ice bitter.
To speed up the freezing process, place your empty pan in the freezer, while you are prepping the lemons.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*recipe adapted from Sandwich King


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 12.6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg