Ever had sweet limes?
Sweet limes look just like their cousins the lemons, except they are sweet and delicate-tasting and have zero acidity. In Lebanon they are popular as a snack, whenever they are in season; in the US, they are produced in California I think, but are not widely distributed.
This ice can be made with regular lemons.
INGREDIENTS: 4 to 6 servings
- 4 sweet limes (or lemons), juiced
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Flavoring of your choice: A teaspoon of rose water or lemon extract or anise
- Sugar mimosa for garnishing
- Squeeze the juice of the sweet limes; you should have one cup of juice. Reserve in the fridge. If using the shells, reserve in the freezer till needed. Make the sugar syrup by pouring the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bringing to a boil, stirring a bit to dissolve the sugar. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and boil for 5 minutes. Add the flavoring of your choice and let the syrup cool, then refrigerate.
- Mix the syrup with the sweet lime juice, and pour into an ice-cream maker. You can also freeze and grate later to make granita, which would not require an ice-cream maker.
- Serve in the sweet lime shells if desired, with a sugar mimosa on top for garnish.