Lemon is such a refreshing flavor, and when you combine it into lemonade and then freeze it, it makes the most refreshing combination possible in this lemonade sorbet.
When I think of refreshing I think of lemons. When I think of a perfect flavor combination I think of lemons and mint. When I think of a delightful refreshing drink on a hot summer day I think of lemonade with mint. And when I think of a way to make whole self cool and enjoy a refreshing treat, I think of this lemonade sorbet.
This lemonade sorbet is easy to prepare with just a few ingredients. There is fresh squeezed lemon juice, that’s the best. Mint leaves – lucky for me I have a whole patch of mint in my herb garden. Some water, sugar, and a little lemon zest, well for a bit of zestiness.
You will need an ice cream freezer, a pot, and an ice cream tub. Two things you need to prepare before making this lemonade sorbet is to place your ice cream bowl in the freezer the night ahead and freeze your ice cream tub also. Sorbet will not freeze in an ice cream maker without the bowl frozen. Putting your frozen lemonade sorbet into a cold tub will help prevent ice crystals from forming.
There also is a bit of down time before you are able to enjoy this lemonade sorbet. First there is making the sugar water syrup. You do this by stirring the sugar into a pot, heat the sugar water, stirring to dissolve, and bring to a soft boil to completely dissolve the sugar. Then you will seep the mint leaves in the syrup. Remove the pot from the heat, add your clean mint leaves crushed slightly to bring out more flavor, cover with the lid, and cool for about 1 hour until water is room temperature. You can speed this up by placing your slightly cooled pot in the fridge. Once the syrup is room temperature, strain the mint leaves off.
Now you are ready to use the ice cream maker. Mix the lemon juice, lemon zest, and additional 3 cups of water in with the minty sugar syrup. Pour this into your frozen ice cream bowl and let your ice cream maker do the rest of the work, according to manufactor’s directions. It could take up to 30 minutes.
You can serve the lemonade sorbet, garnished with a few additional mint leaves, immediately or freeze until more solid. Do this by putting all the sorbet into the cold ice cream tub, place in freezer for about 4 to 6 hours or up to overnight. Just before serving remove from freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes and then serve.
A most refreshing, flavorful dessert for your hot summer days or nights.
- 5 cups water (divided)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 16 leaves mint (divided - half for garnish)
- 1 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
- 1 TBS lemon zest
- In a pot add 2 cups water and 1 cup sugar, bring to boil - stirring regularly. Boil until sugar is dissolved
- Add mint leaves to pot, remove from heat, cover pot, and let seep for 1 hour until cool.
- Strain mint leaves from pot and pour into another bowl
- Add the remaining 3 cups of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and lemon zest - mix well
- Pour into prepared ice cream freezer, freeze according to manufactorer's directions - about 30 minutes
- Enjoy immediately with additional mint leaves for garnish or freeze until firm in a cold ice cream tub about 4 to 6 hours. Remove and let sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to soften slighlty to serve.
- Store in freezer any leftover sorbet for up to a week for best quality
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Enjoy this refreshing cold sorbet on a hot summer day!
Lemonade Sorbet was orginally published in 2013. Post was updated for clarification.