Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cool Off With Mojito Sorbet

It's hot out there… Why not cool down with something refreshing that's homemade and delicious? For this recipe, you will need an ice cream maker.

Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup water
Handful of mint leaves


1. Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan and add the sugar. Heat on medium, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for about 3 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, take a handful of mint and crush it lightly using a mortar & pestle. If you don't have one, just roughly chop the mint instead and give it a roll around in your hand.

3. Add the mint to the saucepan just before the mixture starts to boil.

4. Strain the mixture into a bowl. Stir in the lime juice and zest, the put into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes or so to cool down a bit. It doesn't need to be cold, but just a bit cooler than when you take it off the heat.

5. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow instructions. For mine, I leave it to churn for about 45 minutes to an hour. After that, it's slightly sludgy, but not frozen through, so I pour the mixture into a lidded plastic container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving. However, all ice cream makers are different, so it's a try it and see situation I'm afraid.

6. When you're ready to serve, garnish with either a mint leaf, a sprinkle of lime zest or both.

Serve this dish as a simple scoop of sorbet for a cool, refreshing treat. Alternatively, if you're serving adults, try putting 2 scoops into a glass and finishing with a shot of rum poured over for the perfect summertime treat! 

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