Lime and Spring Herb Sorbet

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 10/21/2011

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Sorbet is sweetened water, flavored with fruit, wine or liqueur.  They've been served between courses of a meal, to cleanse the palate before the main course.  We've taken it a step further and made it an anytime treat, often in place of ice cream.  Unlike ice cream, it is non-dairy and not whipped with air, so it is dense and flavorful.  This refreshing, light and inviting dessert is worth the wait and the compliments!

  • Servings: Serves 6 - 8
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: More than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course: Dessert

Ingredients

1 1/4 c. water

1 1/4 c. sugar

14 oz. fresh lime juice (about 8 - 10 medium limes)

zest of 1 lime (minced fine)

juice of 1 lemon

zest of 1 lemon (minced fine)

For Mint Sorbet:

2 Tbsp. finely minced mint

For Rosemary Sorbet:

4 sprigs fresh rosemary, 4 inches long

2 Tbsp. dark rum

Directions

For mint sorbet, pour the water into a medium sauce pan.  Add the sugar and dissolve.  Add the lime zest and lemon zest and bring the mixture to a boil.  Remove from heat.

At this point, for rosemary sorbet, add the rosemary sprigs to the hot syrup and let steep.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then remove the rosemary sprigs.

Add the lime and lemon juice, the minced mint and the rum.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Place the syrup into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's directions.  When the sorbet has frozen (approx. 35 - 40 min.) transfer back to the airtight container and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.