This proven lemon sorbet recipe is as beautiful as it is delicious. You get a balanced mix of sweet and tart from the first bite.
The beauty of sorbets with acidity, like lemon and lime, is that you can serve them as an appetizer, between courses, or as a dessert. I love to serve these between courses to cleanse the palette. Here I spooned the sorbet into pretty Ice Shot Glasses for an added wow.
This was one of the first dessert recipes I made. I was surprised it had one tablespoon of vodka in the ingredients. I made it, and it was the best sorbet I had ever had. Then one time, I made it without. It was then that I learned one of my first lessons on food science.
The alcohol in vodka prevents the sorbet from forming solid ice. This is what gives the sorbet a beautiful texture (mouth-feel). I use a tablespoon in every sorbet flavor I make, including chocolate!
- 2 tsp lemon zest from fresh lemons
- ½ cup lemon juice fresh squeezed from 3 large lemons
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 tbsp vodka
- Grate 2 tsp lemon zest from 3 large lemons.2 tsp lemon zest
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the zest with lemon juice, water, sugar, and vodka. Mix until the sugar has dissolved.½ cup lemon juice, 1 ½ cups water, 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 tbsp vodka
- Place in the coldest part of your refrigerator until 40 °F
- Pour the cold mixture into the ice cream/sorbet maker and churn 40 minutes or until set.
- Serve or place in a freezer-proof container and place in the freezer until ready to serve.
De Froid Tip: Ice Shot Glasses
Look at these pretty serving vessels for sorbet! The secret is they are both easy and fun to make. All you need is a shot glass silicone mold and your imagination.
The picture below was from a summer food-tasting party. I cut little slices of strawberries, lemon, and lime and added them to the mold. Then I added a few baby sprigs of thyme and small mint leaves. I had these ingredients on hand from the recipes I served at the party. Then I filled them with distilled water and froze them. Easy peasy.
I get excited going through my drawer filled with molds. Use your imagination and creativity and design fun ice shot glasses that will make memorable moments for the humans in your life.
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If you love real food, take pleasure in eating, and strive for mouth-watering flavor, you have come to the right place. Here the star of the show IS the food, presenting it in a way that makes it shine.
We feature many appetizers and individual-sized recipes as a purposeful way to experience and share food.
Our mouth reacts to flavors in a transitional way. That first taste creates an exciting experience with the food’s intense flavors, textures, and visual appeal. Yet after the first few bites, our mouths and minds adjust, and that experience deadens.
Thus, the tasting experience! We served 14 consecutive courses at my last tasting party. Each was purposely selected to bring new flavors, textures, and presentations, creating surprises and wow moments throughout the night.
The recipes are documented with ingredients we love. Yet my greatest hope is to have you understand why the recipes work and eventually make them into your personal version using your favorite ingredients and presentations.