How I make Strawberry Italian Ice

Summer is hot. I like sweets. I derived my recipe from an ancient older Chicago Tribune article.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 20 strawberries (substitute a similar volume of your favorite fruit)
  • 6 cups ice cubes


The first step is to make our fruit sugar mixture:

  1. Dice fruit into small pieces.
  2. Make simple syrup: Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, boil until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Mix 1 cup of hot simple syrup with diced fruit.
  4. Allow to cool, and refrigerate overnight.

Note: this simple syrup recipe leaves a little extra for other uses.

The second step is to make italian ice:

  1. Pour the fruit and sugar mixture over 6 cups of ice. Blend with a powerful blender until smooth.

You can eat it right away, but it can be a little runny after being in the blender. I put it into a freezer safe container for an hour or two before serving. If frozen overnight, it may need to thaw for a few minutes before serving.


If you have simple syrup already and don't want to wait, simply throw 1 cup of simple syrup, fruit, and 6 cups ice into blender.


Eat it quick.