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Lemon-Mint Ice

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Stand time 1 hr
Freeze time 8 hrs
Yield Makes about 4 cups
Make a cool, icy treat with little effort by pouring the lemon-mint mixture into plastic frozen pop molds. Freeze any leftover mixture, or drizzle over fresh cut fruit for a refreshing snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 quart water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate*
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Bring fresh mint leaves and 1 quart water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Boil 7 to 8 minutes or until leaves darken; stir in 3/4 cup sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup lemonade concentrate, and let mixture stand 30 minutes.

  2. Pour lemon-mint mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; discard mint leaves. Seal and freeze 8 hours or until mixture is firm. Remove lemonade mixture from freezer, and let stand, turning bag occasionally, 30 minutes or until slushy. Serve with fresh raspberries, if desired.

  3. *Limeade concentrate may be substituted for lemonade concentrate.

  4. Basil-Lemon Ice: Substitute 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves for fresh mint leaves, and proceed with recipe as directed.