Lemon Granita

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“This recipe is featured in Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining.”
6hrs 30mins

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  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring the water, sugar, and 5 sprigs of the lemon balm to a boil over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Discard the lemon balm and cool the syrup over a bowl of ice water until cold.
  3. Whisk together the syrup, lemon juice, lemon rind, and vodka in a metal bowl and place in the freezer.
  4. Whisk the mixture every 30 minutes until frozen, about 2-3 hours .
  5. Remove any ink on the lemons by rubbing with almond extract.
  6. Cut 1/4 from the stem of each lemon.
  7. Using a grapefruit knife, cut between the pulp and the pith, the remove the pulp with a grapefruit spoon, scraping the shell clean.
  8. Using a teaspoon, mound each lemon with granita.
  9. Keep in the freezer until they are ready to serve.
  10. Remove from the freezer, garnish each with half a sprig of lemon balm, and serve immediately.

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