Second to a cheese steak, Philly is well known for water ice. It is very different from the Italian ice I grew up on. People travel long and far for Philly water ice. President Obama has come to Philly to get some of this sweet treat from my favorite shop down the street.
In my guilt free foodie cutie way I have created an easy low cal recipe that can be made at home on any hot day.
Lemon Water Ice
Juice of two lemons
4 Tbsp Splenda ( depending on the level of sweetness you want)
1 Tbsp honey
Zest of one lemon.
2 1/2 cups of water
In a pot bring all the ingredients to a low boil. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or so to reduce to a syrupy consistency. Taste and make sure you reached the level of sweetness you are looking for. Shut the flame and let it cool. For the best result I like to cool the liquid in the fridge over night. But if you want to make it the same day then just add two or three ice cubes and place in freezer for 30 min. Once cool, pour liquid in an ice cream maker for about 30 min or until it reaches the frozen level you are looking for. Serve immediately and enjoy!!!!
You can use this water ice recipe with any fruit you want. Lime juice and orange juice work great!!! It is important to always use fresh ingredients. I have used watermelon also, just blend about a cup and a half of watermelon chunks and use it in place of the fruit juice and zest. Enjoy experimenting!