Our granitas, otherwise known as Italian ices, are like the snow cones you had as a kid, only tastier, less fluorescent, and more sophisticated. Also, try the cantaloupe and strawberry-lychee flavors.
Shave zest from 4 lemons in long pieces with a vegetablepeeler. Juice all lemons (about 1 cup). Combinethe water and sugar in a small pan; simmer over mediumheat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Stir in zest;transfer to a bowl to cool completely. Once cooled,discard zest; stir in lemon juice and liqueur. Transferto a 13-by-9-inch glass dish. Freeze, uncovered, rakingwith a fork every 30 minutes to keep it from becomingtoo solid, about 4 hours. Serve immediately.