Never in my life would I have guessed I’d make Lemon Sorbet from leftovers! Well, I have, sort of…
This weekend we had a large pool party, and in South Florida, that usually means tropical drinks. There was a plethora of fresh lemons and simple syrup leftover. I was not really sure what to do with the near dozen lemons and cups of sugary syrup and thought, what about a lemon sorbet.
Totally shot from the hip here, and it turned out great. I figured a 2:1 ratio of syrup to lemon with a healthy dose of zest. Poured it in the Cuisinart Ice Cream Sorbet Maker and set it to the task. If you don’t have some version of this machine, get one, it is ingenious and so impossibly easy to make frozen treats.
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A scant 25 minutes later I had loose lemon sorbet. Just needed to let it set up for four hours in the freezer. So tart and so very refreshing!
- 2 cups simple syrup (1.5 up water 1.5 cup sugar)
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest (4-5 lemons)
Boil sugar and water until dissolved.
Cool simple syrup completely in refrigerator until cold.
Add lemon juice, and zest to two cups of syrup and pour in the ice cream maker.
Follow directions on your machine for make sorbet, mine is 25 minutes.
When done, put in a glass or plastic food storage container and freeze for 4 hours to set up.
Serve with mint leaves as garnish.
We enjoyed our Sorbet with a late harvest dessert wine, it so happened we had a 2007 Tokara Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. When we lived in South Africa this was a favourite of ours, and this old smudgy bottle was our last, having been hauled from wine cellar to wine cellar with all of our moves. Because this lemon sorbet is so crisp and refreshing, we opted for a very sweet late harvest wine to offset it. Late harvest wines are just not as common on the table anymore, so when you present one to friends it can be met with oooh’s and ahhh’s. Salut! Available from Naked Wine.