Remember this hint from yesterday?
This is a lemon-and-mint infused simple syrup. Although the name is quite a mouthful, it really is still a simple syrup, and makes an awesome addition to your basic granita recipe, let me tell you!!! Here is how you can make it:
Simmer 1 cup each sugar and water, and half a lemon (zest it prior to juicing and cut into large pieces) over medium heat for 10 minutes. (Save some of the lemon zest – a couple teaspoons to mix in later) Remove the syrup from heat, add a few mint sprigs and allow to “steep” for about 20 minutes. Strain to remove lemons and mint.
- three cups of fresh-squeezed orange juice (I honestly cannot remember how many oranges I juiced – perhaps 20 very small ones?),
- I added about a half cup of the simple syrup,
- a couple teaspoons lemon zest,
- poured into a square baking dish and froze for about an hour.
When I went to stir the ice up a bit, I found this:
Isn’t that pretty? You can see the crystals forming leaf-like patterns all across the surface.
After stirring every couple hours through the afternoon and early evening, I ended up with a perfectly refreshing and surprising treat!
The mint left a smooth and subtle trace in every bite, and the lemon syrup and zest served to really brighten it up! I do think next time I may try a mix of lemon and orange juices.
Or, just a lemon granita, perhaps!