Friday, July 9, 2010

Lemon Raspberry Sorbet

It's a million degrees outside. Coming from Colorado, the hot humidity of DC summers just makes me want to melt. Thank goodness I write an ice cream blog, right? Cold treats are always on hand. I can't think of any sorbet more refreshing on a day like today than this one. It's tart and sweet—but not disgustingly sweet like some Italian ices. Plus, the raspberry morsels and specks of lemon zest make it pop.

Zest two lemons.

Squeeze out the juices of about four lemons.

Fresh raspberries.

Fresh from the ice cream maker.

Note: This recipe is based on the lemon sorbet recipe in David Lebovitz's book The Perfect Scoop


Yield: 1 quart

4 large lemons (or enough to yield 1 cup of lemon juice)
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh raspberries
OPTIONAL: 2 tablespoons vodka (for smoother texture)

Zest two lemons. Squeeze all four lemons to yield 1 cup of juice. Strain the lemon juice through a sieve to remove the seeds and pulp. In a medium saucepan, heat water, sugar, and lemon zest until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add in the lemon juice. Chill in the refrigerator or with an ice bath. If desired, stir in vodka. Pout the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Just as you are reaching the desired consistency, pour in the raspberries and churn for another minute or two until they are fully mixed in.


  1. This sounds so delicious, and it's been so hot lately that I'm definitely whipping up a batch of this for the weekend! (if it lasts that long anyway!) =)

  2. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  3. More GORGEOUS pictures! This looks deliciousssss. Does Frozen Fix deliver? ;)

  4. It was great to meet you too! I think that you may have inspired me to get an ice cream maker. Any that you recommend?

  5. Rachel, sorry no delivery! But you're welcome to come over and try some :)

    CapitolBites, This is the ice cream maker I have:

    It's nothing fancy, but it's reasonably priced and gets the job done!

  6. That looks really good and refreshing on a hot day!

  7. Looks so yummy. Do you ever use agave nectar or stevia in place of the sugar?

  8. Kiki, I have never tried Stevia, but I sometimes use agave nectar. The recipe for Mango Lime Jalapeno sorbet actually calls for agave. You could easily substitute it in with this recipe too.

  9. This recipe is awesome! I love how the vodka changed the texture and may be using it regularly. One thing I did do was to soak the berries in the vodka over night. It really enhanced the flavor and made the sorbet a wonderful rich color.

  10. When you use agave, is it the same proportion as white sugar? (1 cup agave = 1 cup sugar)?


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