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Simple & Refreshing: Home Made Italian Ice

Posted Apr 04 2013 8:57pm

Sometimes recipe inspiration comes from the most random moments.  I was hanging out with my Dude and we drove past our local ice cream store Swirls & Scoops. The kids always get so excited when we drive past because the owners put up a countdown sign to the first day they open on April 1st.  When Swirls & Scoops officially opens, it is like the Opening Ceremony to the summer. What I love about this particular town landmark is that they serve sorbet. This means that I can enjoy a delicious non-dairy frozen treat. Since adopting a paleo lifestyle in September 2011, I realize that dairy and me are no longer friends. It still baffles my mind that up until that point (of total elimination), I had been enjoying my homemade yogurt, cheese, and the occasional ice cream with no problems. But since then, even cream in my coffee leaves me feeling sick. And let’s not forget that after I made the Dude’s ice cream cake that I actually broke out as a result-awesome.

So we drive past Swirls & Scoops and run into the grocery store to pick up a few things when we decide to buy some sorbet. I’m sorry but I refuse to pay $6 for a pint of strawberry sorbet that has corn syrup and artificial food dyes in it. Remembering that I still had frozen strawberries in my big butt freezer that we picked last summer I decided to make my own homemade sorbet which turned out more like Italian Ice. Who cares what you call it, just eat it-it’s delicious and really easy to make. You don’t even need an ice cream machine or attachment to make it. If you can make a smoothie, you can make this! Then when your kids ask for a treat you can feel good about giving them a healthy & chemical free bowl of strawberry Italian Ice!

Strawberry Italian Ice

20 ounces (about ¾ of a gallon sized freezer bag filled) frozen strawberries

4 cups water

Strawberry Italian Ice

Strawberry Italian Ice

¾-1 cup honey

3 tbsp vodka

Pour water in blender first, then add strawberries, finally drizzle honey on top.

Blend until completely smooth and transfer to ice cream machine. If you don’t have an ice cream machine place in a freezer safe container instead.

When finished, transfer to a freezer safe container and mix in vodka to prevent it from freezing to a solid block of ice.

Lemon Italian Ice

6 lemons

1 cup lemon juice concentrate

4 cups water

1/2-1 cup honey to taste

3 tbsp vodka

Pour water in a large pitcher. Zest the lemons and chop into small pieces.

Roll lemons on a firm surface with palm of hand to soften. Cut in half and squeeze juice into a bowl removing any seeds.

Add fresh lemon juice, zest, lemon juice concentrate, and honey into pitcher and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Transfer lemonade to ice cream machine or a freezer safe container.

Mix in vodka and freeze until solid.

The cool thing about this recipe is that you can substitute any fruit you want. Change the strawberries to blueberries or mangoes. Change the lemon to lime or do both! I love versatile recipes. I hope you guys like this as much as we did :-)


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