To make a sorbet, all you need to do is make a simple syrup (fancy word for sugar dissolved into water). Add your favorite citrus juice (or puree), and you're in business.
I've posted a Meyer Lemon Sorbet before, but I have to say that the basil adds a very interesting dimension. It takes almost a dozen Meyer lemons to make this sorbet. If you can't find Meyer lemons, don't sweat it. Eureka lemons would work, fine, but they are a bit more tart-- so you might want to add more sugar.
Simple sugar is so easy to make, that I'm astounded that anyone would actually buy it! Really? The ratio is equal parts sugar, added to water. It's brought to a boil, then simmered until the sugar is dissolved. This is how you make "sweet tea", or "Mojitos" or sorbets. I store mine in a canning jar, with a tight-fitting lid, and it will keep for a couple of weeks.
Day #2, prepare the lemons: You want to save about two tablespoons of the zest.
It takes a lot of lemons to make this-- like 8-12, depending on the size. This year, my Meyer lemon tree is still in shock from being moved out of it's large container, and being planted into the ground. I was also in sticker shock at how expensive Meyer lemons are to buy! They are so worth it, since they have a slight flavor of orange to them.
Add the lemon juice and zest to the simple syrup. Taste it! Depending on the lemons, you might want to decrease the sugar or add more. I found the batch to be a wee bit tart, but luckily I had some extra simple syrup that I had made-- and added a bit more, until it tasted just right. I used a total of 1-3/4 cups sugar and it was perfect.
Turn on the ice cream maker, and pour it in...
I added two tablespoons of Lioncello. You an add vodka, instead. Or, you can skip the alcohol. No biggie, except that you might get a bit more of a crystal texture. It tastes good, no matter what.
Twenty minutes later... dee-lishush!
Put the sorbet into an air-tight container and freeze. To serve, bring to room temperature, anywhere from 5-15 minutes until it's just soft enough to scoop.
Before I squeezed out the lemon juice, I cut the bottom of each lemon half so that it would stand upright. Then I removed the pulp, and froze the lemon halves. They make a cute serving bowl, don't you think?
These are fun to serve at a dinner party. Especially after a rich or heavy dish. It's a lovely palate cleanser, for sure.
TASTING NOTES: Lemon and Basil, as a sweet frozen dessert is a lovely combination. My husband, didn't care for the combination. I'm fine with that, as my son and I thoroughly loved this dessert. These have the color and flavors of Spring. This sorbet is one of my new favorites.
A printable recipe card is below. If you can't view it, click here to be directed to where I store all of my recipes cards at Key Ingredient.