Summer Sorbet

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lb. summer fruit, frozen/fresh (berries, peaches, etc.)
  • fresh herbs, spices, zest, or other flavorings to taste
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • Measure fruit and place in a 2 qt, container.
  • Add lemon juice to the fruit.
  • In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a boil.
  • Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes and turn off heat.
  • Add flavorings such as fresh herbs, spices, and/or zest and allow to steep for several minutes.
  • Strain sugar water into fruit container, removing the herbs, etc.
  • Puree fruit with flavored sugar water using a hand held blender until smooth; if the fruit was frozen you may need to wait a few minutes until it thaws.
  • Depending on fruit used it may be necessary to strain this pureed sorbet before freezing to remove seeds (blackberries, raspberries).
  • Transfer sorbet to a freezer safe container and freeze. You may use an ice cream freezer or simply place in freezer and stir occasionally over the next several hours if you are not in a rush.
  • Freezing time will vary based on the temperature of your freezer, so it is usually best made the day before.
  • This recipe is quick to prepare, just make sure to allow time for freezing.
  • It is a fruit heavy recipe with a denser consistency than a lot of juice only recipes
  • We have made many combinations of fruit and flavorings with this versatile recipe
  • Some combinations that worked well are raspberry lemongrass, blackberry rosemary, peach mint, strawberry lime, and blueberry orange zest.
  • This recipe will make approximately 4 cups depending on the fruit used.
  • This is a great finish to a summer evening all by itself, paired with some fresh fruit and nuts, or in a specialty cocktail with club soda.
  • Have fun playing with all the different fruits and flavor combinations this summer!