Lemon, Cilantro, Sumac Italian Ice Recipe Anti-Inflammatory

Adding Sumac and Cilantro to make Italian Ice. A great, healthy and tasty summer recipe

You may never have eaten sumac, but it’s sneaking up on you. Somewhat uncommon in American cuisine, the citrusy, berry-like, bracingly tart flower is an old hand with Middle Eastern flavors, and more and more cooks and restaurants are embracing it with gusto. (I bought mine at the DeKalb International Farmer’s Market in Georgia.)

So today I decided to make Lemon, Cilantro Sumac Italian ice. My back has been bothering me and I was looking for a health choice to offset the pain pills my doctor has prescribed. Sumac is good for inflammation.

IMAGE BY: Jackie Robinson | Sumac, Cilantro and Cayenne Pepper

My Anti-Inflammatory Lemon, Sumac, Cayenne Pepper Italian Ice Recipe

Original recipe yields 4 servings

  • 2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 6 Peeled Lemons
  • 1 tsp Sumac
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 sprigs of Cilantro
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • A little Cinnamon


  • Whisk water, sugar, and lemon juice together in a medium saucepan of hot water. Continue to whisk and boil for 1 minutes. Set aside.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender with 2 cups of ice. Add sugar water. Blend until smooth. Add more sugar water if the texture is too thick.
  • Pour the mixture into dessert bowls or a large tray. Place in freezer
  • Wait one hour, then stir the mixture. Then let freeze for up to 4 hour.
  • August 22, 2022