Lemon & basil granita

Lemon & basil granita

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From
The Islands of Greece
Photographer
Steven Joyce

Basil is considered a sacred plant across much of Greece and many churches are surrounded by dozens of beautifully scented basil bushes. It’s also used decoratively, and you often find a little tub of it growing on café tables. The combination of lemon and basil takes me straight back to sunny afternoons exploring turquoise-and-white-painted hilltop villages.

You can make this with shop-bought still lemonade, as long as it’s of good quality, but making your own is even better. Obviously, if you’re making this for children, omit the vodka.

Lemonade

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 unwaxed lemons, pared zested and juiced
150g caster sugar

Granita

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons basil leaves, or to taste
1/2 unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest
300ml still lemonade
2 teaspoons vodka, (optional)

Method

  1. To make the lemonade, put the zest, juice and sugar in a large saucepan, pour in 350 ml of water and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer for 1–2 minutes and stir to ensure the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, straining, and allow to cool. (To drink your lemonade, dilute 2 parts of lemonade with 3 parts of water.)
  2. For the granita, tear the basil leaves into pieces, then pound in a mortar and pestle. Add them and the lemon zest to the lemonade and mix well. Taste and add more basil or zest, if you like. Add the vodka (if using).
  3. Pour into a sealable plastic box and cover with a lid. Put into the freezer for 2 hours, then remove and rough up with a fork to break up the ice crystals. Cover and return to the freezer.
  4. When ready to serve, scrape the surface with a fork again to rough up the crystals (the vodka will help prevent it from freezing solid). Serve in sundae glasses or cocktail glasses.
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The Islands of Greece
Rebecca
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