Limoncello, the citrusy Italian liqueur, brightens this sorbet. It's nice to have a bottle on hand to splash with soda in a spritzer or macerate with fruit for a quick dessert.
2 cups water
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup limoncello
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
2 cups blackberries
Lemon slices (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and mint. Cover and chill.
Strain juice mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Serve with blackberries; garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
If you don't want to use the limoncello, you can substitute 1/2 cup of prepared lemonade.
Laura,Because the Limoncello goes through a brief boil, most of the alcohol is vaporized away. As a non-drinker myself, I substitute when I need to though. I looked at the ingredients for a typical Limoncello and calculated the quantities for this substitute;Zest of one lemon, finely grated with a microplane or grater, no white pithScant 1/2 cup water3 Tbsp sugarAdd these in place of the Limoncello then proceeded with the recipe. The grated zest will give up it's oil during the boil, and get strained out with the mint. Hope this helps!
Love this!! Will be making it for parties all summer. The lemon and mint combination is just perfect. I didn't have fresh berries, can't wait for them to come into season so I can try the sorbet with them.
We made this for a five course gourmet dinner. We used it for an intermezzo instead of a dessert so we left out the blackberries and served it in small dessert cups with a mint leaf. All our guests raved. It certainly cleared their palate for the next course!!
Very refreshing end to a full meal on a warm night. Texture is creamy, like sherbet, but it's quite soft & melts quickly. Any berry would work, and while I made it exactly as written, I may put sliced strawberries alongside it next time we have some.
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