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lemon sorbet margaritas August 6, 2010

Filed under: blog,foodie fridays,portfolio — sylvia @ 5:52 pm

In the midst of one of our heat waves, I purchased an ice cream maker. This gorgeous beast has been a blessing (in the heat) and a curse (on our waistlines). This week I decided I needed to make a lemon sorbet. I searched far and wide for a recipe which looked enticing, only to end up adapting the one from the Cuisinart instruction booklet. It didn’t quite turn out like I expected but I found a great use for it!

I think this is much more a granita than a sorbet, and I’m quite sure it could be happily made without an ice cream maker.

lemon sorbet

6 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
2 cups of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest (preferably from organic lemons)

In a glass saucepan, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer until sugar dissolves, approximately 3-5 minutes. Let cool, or refridgerate until needed.

When ready, add lemon juice and zest, and add to your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl and mix until it thickens (25-30 minutes). Mine didn’t thicken, so I just popped it into the freezer for a couple of hours.

lemon sorbet margaritas
serves 4

lemon sorbet, as above
triple sec
sugar and a wedge of lem for rimming the glasses

If the sorbet is in the freezer, pull it out at least 10 minutes before starting.

Place sugar in a shallow dish, and moisten the rim of a margarita glasses with the lemon wedge, then dip in sugar.

Using an ice cream scoop, add 2-3 scoops of lemon sorbet to each glass. Pour an ounce of tequila and a dash of triple sec into each glass and serve.

Perfectly refreshing!

ever wonder what six cups of sugar looks like?

I love food photography but I definitely need to cultivate the patience to do it well. I just want to eat what I’ve made!


5 Responses to “lemon sorbet margaritas”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Yum, I never thought of using my ice cream maker to make boozy drinks – thanks for the great idea!

    • Sylvia Says:

      Glad to be of service! I discovered ages ago the secret of a good blended fruit margarita was a lump of lime juice from concentrate, straight out of the freezer. This is just a home-made version!

  2. katya Says:

    Yep, next game night at my place, we’re having lemon sorbet margaritas!

    Great photography, great recipe!

    Do you do editorial work?

  3. M. Says:

    thanks for the great inspiration! love the recipe.

  4. admin Says:

    Katya – It’s a dangerously good recipe. I hope you and your friends enjoy.

    I haven’t really done anything beyond portrait/lifestyle photography. Maybe some day!

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