Cucumber, Meyer Lemon and Lavender Granita

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 6 cups roughly chopped English cucumber (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
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Directions

In a blender, blend the Meyer lemon juice and cucumber together, creating cucumber water. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds.

Place 1/2 cup water into a saucepan and add the sugar and lavender. Bring the mixture to a simmer to dissolve the sugar and infuse the simple syrup with the lavender flavor. Then set aside to cool.

Once the syrup is cool, remove the lavender sprigs and mix the syrup into the cucumber water. Add in the Meyer lemon zest and then pour the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Place the dish into the freezer to chill. Every 30 minutes, scrape the mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals and to keep it light and fluffy. Continue scraping every 30 minutes for at least 2 hours.

Scrape the granita into elegant glasses and sprinkle with fleur de sel.

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  • on December 15, 2011

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    It's an interesting flavor combination. I've never been sold on the use of cucumber as a dessert or mixed drink flavor. I always taste a slight bitter vegetably undertone. Lavendar is also an acquired taste. I don't dislike it but it kind of reminds me of dishwashing detergent. So did cilantro but I've made myself to really like cilantro now. It is a unique flavor combination. And despite what I mentioned, it is quite refreshing and light.

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  • on July 11, 2011

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    Oh Kelsey, subtle yet complex flavors never elude you. I made this version of your Granita today, and my goodness. There were many aspects of this dish that I felt were brilliant. First was the simplicity in preparation. No clunky small appliances, no fuss, just down to earth goodness. The lavender just made the whole thing burst into clean, simplistically delicate grown-up snow cones. It's over a hundred degrees here, and as you can probably imagine, they were a hit with my (veggie hating family. Go ahead, give it a try. Say goodbye, and good riddance to that high fructose corn syrup-peddling snow cone stand.

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