Lemon Creamsicle Granita

Cool down with these simple, refreshing, and lemony summer treats served in bright, adorable, hollowed out lemons.


  • 2 2/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 whole lemons
  • Fresh mint, to garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, simple syrup, half-and-half and vanilla. Carefully pour the mixture into an ice tray and freeze until solid cubes form.
  2. While the ice cubes freeze, make a flat surface for the lemon cups to sit on by cutting a little bit off the bottom of each lemon. Make sure to not cut through the pith.
  3. Cut a larger slice off the other side of the lemon to make the “top”. Using a spoon, gently scoop out the inside of the lemon. If possible, freeze the lemon cups so your granita stays cold longer.
  4. Once the granita ice cubes are frozen, add them to a blender and pulse until you get fine ice crystals. Scoop into lemon cups, and top with fresh mint to serve.