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Lemon Basil Sorbet

Posted on 23 July 2018

If summer had a flavor, it would be this tart and herby sorbet! Sorbet is a wonderful warm-weather dessert or a refreshing palate cleanser between courses during a multi-course meal, and lemon and basil meld beautifully together. Churn a batch this weekend and stay cool through the dog days of summer! Makes 1 pint.


  • stick blender or small food processor
  • ice bath
  • ice cream maker
  • chilled ice cream container


  1. Purée basil leaves and ¼ cup water. Add Basil Oil Extract and mix well. Cover and chill.
  2. Combine lemon zest and ⅓ cup lemon juice and set aside. (Save remaining juice for another use.)
  3. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, pour in ½ cup water and then add the sugar. Cook and stir until the sugar dissolves, which will happen just as it comes to a boil.
  4. Pour syrup into a bowl, stir in the remaining 1¼ cup ice water and set the bowl in an ice bath to chill for 15 minutes
  5. Add Lemon Compound and lemon zest and juice mixture to the chilled syrup.
  6. Pour the lemon mixture into an ice cream maker and process for 15 minutes.
  7. Add the chilled basil purée to the ice cream machine and continue mixing for another 15 minutes.
  8. Place the sorbet into a chilled ice cream container and freeze for 2 hours or overnight before serving.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  • Sorbet will melt quickly as there are no stabilizers in this recipe.
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