Rhode Island-style Lemon Granita in a Frozen Whiskey Lemonade
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Just say the words and watch as your quotidian concerns evaporate: “spiked sorbet.” At his brand-new scoop shop on SE Clinton Street, Fifty Licks owner Chad Draizin embraces this infallible formula, rafting his homemade frozen concoctions over sparkling wines and fruity beers. In this summer-stretching recipe, Draizin’s homage to Rhode Island’s famed lemon sorbet (churned with pith, peel, and all) melts in a martini glass under a bracing slug of bourbon.

Rhode Island-Style Lemon Granita* 

(Makes 1 pint)

  • 3 lemons 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  1.  WASH lemons thoroughly with soap and water, and cut into quarters.
  2. ADD sugar, water, and lemons to a food processor, and purée for 2 minutes.
  3. STRAIN mixture into a shallow casserole or pan using a large spoon to squeeze the pulp against the walls of the strainer.
  4. PLACE juice in freezer, and scrape its surface and sides with a fork every 20 minutes for an hour, breaking up any large clumps. 
  5. FREEZE the granita for another hour (for a total of 2 hours). Use right away or store, covered, in freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Frozen Whiskey Lemonade

  • 2 oz lemon granita 
  • 3 tbsp bourbon or rye 
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 1/2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  1. SCOOP lemon granita (a dollop a little bigger than a golf ball) into a martini glass.
  2. FILL a cocktail shaker with ice and add whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and shake.
  3. STRAIN over granita. 
  4. FINISH with a dash of bitters and serve with an espresso spoon.

*If you’re not up for homemade granita, pick some up at the new Fifty Licks scoop shop: 2021 SE Clinton St.