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Sorbet Trio

This easy sorbet recipe is a refreshing way to cool down and use a few ingredients from the garden—with no ice cream maker! I do them all at once and add the variations as I go. They look and taste like a lot more work than they really are. —Rebecca Taylor, Manteca, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    3-1/2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • 1 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups carbonated mineral water, divided
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh mint, coarsley chopped
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Lemon peel strips, fresh raspberries and mint sprigs, optional

Directions

  • For lemon sorbet, in a small heavy saucepan, bring 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon zest to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; cool. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup mineral water and a dash of salt. Transfer to an 8-in. square dish.
  • For mint sorbet, in a small heavy saucepan, bring 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon zest and mint to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; cool. Strain. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup mineral water and a dash of salt. Transfer to another 8-in. square dish.
  • For blueberry sorbet, in a small heavy saucepan, bring 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest and blueberries to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved; cool. Cover and process for 2-3 minutes or until blended. Strain and discard seeds and pulp. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup mineral water and a dash of salt. Transfer to an 11x7-in. dish.
  • Freeze sorbets for 1 hour or until edges begin to firm; stir. Freeze 3 hours longer or until firm.
  • Just before serving, transfer sorbets separately to a food processor; cover and process for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Scoop each flavor into serving dishes. Garnish as desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 83 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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