Making lemon ice always feels like a fun science project. You pour cooled, sweet liquid into a shallow container and wait for ice crystals to form. Then you scrape it with a fork until you have chunky crystals of juicy ice. It's kind of a mix between a snow cone and a fancy sorbet.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Lemon zest (optional)
How to Make It
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at HIGH 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture boils; stir well. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate simple syrup until thoroughly chilled.
Combine lemon juice and simple syrup in a 13 x 9inch baking dish. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours or until firm. Scrape frozen mixture with the tines of a fork.
Place strawberries and 1 teaspoon sugar in a medium bowl. Mash strawberry mixture slightly with a potato masher to release juice. Stir in mint. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Spoon 1/2 cup lemon mixture into each of 7 bowls; top each serving with about 2 tablespoons strawberry mixture. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.