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from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup dry white wine or dry champagne
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup anise flavoured aquavit
1 tablespoon rosemary flowers, minced
1 tablespoon lemon thyme flowers, minced
A pinch of salt
Several large lemon rinds, halved
Combine all ingredients in a small stainless steel saucepan.
Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 3 minutes.
Transfer to a small stainless steel bowl, cover and place
in the freezer. Every 30 minutes remove the mixture
from the freezer and whisk vigorously for a few seconds.
Continue for several hours until the mixture becomes
slushy. As soon as it has reached that consistency,
spoon it into the lemon rinds and let it freeze
hard for at least 8 hours.
If you save pre-squeezed lemon rinds in the freezer
for a few days beforehand, you will always have enough
for this delightful ice.
Aquavit is a Scandinavian distilled beverage typically
about 40 % alcohol, by volume. Its name comes from
Aqua Vitae, the Latin for "water of life".