Sorbet (also known as sherbet) is a frozen dessert sweetened with water and is flavored with fruit juice. Origins of sorbet can be traced back to a Middle Eastern drink called ‘charbet’ which consisted of fruit juice and water. For more history and folklore, click here. I used this as a palate cleanser just before serving up Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. An easy dessert to make and the taste is simply divine!
5 ounces water
5 ounces sugar
6 limes, zested
5 ounces lime juice
large bunch basil, pounded to a puree
Place the water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4 minutes with the lime zest. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Add the lime juice and basil puree. Stir this up and leave to infuse for 15-20 minutes. Pass it through a coarse sieve and pour into a plastic tub or earthenware dish and place in the freezer. Sorbet usually takes 2 hours to set. Try to stir it around every 30 minutes.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: The flavors of the basil mixed in with the lime is a lovely combination. Use a pestle and mortar for the basil. Serve it in a glass on its own or do what I did and present the sorbet to your guests in a spoon. Enjoy!