Boozy Lemonade Granita

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Frozen cocktails are the best kind of cocktails

Lemonade is good. Hard lemonade is great. Frozen hard lemonade–well, that’s just wonderful. In this recipe, we make our own from scratch (or you can use the store-bought stuff if you’re already in vacation mode), stir in a little booze, then freeze it. When it’s good and icy, we scrape it with a fork and serve it in hollowed-out lemons (or bowls, because… vacation mode).
Makes 10 to 12 servings
Start to Finish: 6 hours (includes freezing time)

Ingredients

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (or skip this and the above and use 3 cups prepared lemonade)

½ cup vodka or gin

Directions

1. In a small pot, combine the water with the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

2. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the liquid reduces slightly and makes a thick syrup, 5 to 6 minutes (the sugar should be fully dissolved). Cool to room temperature.

3. Combine the cooled syrup with the lemon juice. Stir in the vodka or gin. Transfer the mixture to a medium-size shallow baking dish (like a cake pan or a casserole dish). Transfer to the freezer and freeze until solid, at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

4. Once the mixture is frozen, scrape it with a fork to create small icy pieces. Spoon the granita into serving vessels and serve immediately. (To make our lemon dishes, see below.)

Note: To make a lemon serving dish, cut the top and bottom off a lemon to create flat surfaces. On the top, run a paring knife around the edge of the flesh to loosen it from the pith. Use a spoon to scoop out the inside. Bonus: You can use the lemon juice to make the lemonade, if you wish.

Source: PureWow

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