Sorbet is often served as a dessert, but it can also be served as a palate cleanser after the main course. This Basil-Limoncello version would be perfect for either. You begin by making a basil infused simple syrup. Once it is cooled it is blended with fresh squeezed lemon juice, Limoncello liqueur and just a bit of sea salt to add air to the mixture. The addition of alcohol prevents crystallization and allows the sorbet to freeze
BASIL-LIMONCELLO SORBET (Yield: about 2 quart)
1-1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. basil leaves
- 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
- 1/ c. Limoncello liqueur
- 1/4 t. sea salt
- Prepare an ice bath. Place a 1-quart freezer-safe container with a tight fitting lid in the freezer to chill. Set up and pre-chill ice cream maker.
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water and sugar and simmer just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Place over prepared ice bath, stirring occasionally until cold.
- In a blender, puree the cooled sugar syrup with basil, lemon juice, Limoncello and sea salt until smooth. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’ instructions. Transfer to chilled container and freeze until firm enough to serve.
~ Sur la Table ~