Lemon Basil Sorbet

  • Serves 5

  • Prep Time 15 min

  • Cooking Time 10 min

  • Vegetarian
  • Current Ratings


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided
  • 1½ cups packed fresh basil (if a stronger basil flavor is wanted, use 2 cups)
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice


Lemon Basil Sorbet


  • Prepare a lemon simple syrup with the water, sugar and1½ tablespoons of the lemon zest by combining all threein a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat.
  • Cook mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat.
  • Once the simple syrup is ready, add the basil and salt. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Stir in the lemonjuice. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
  • Strain the chilled mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixtureinto the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • When the sorbet is almost done, add the reserved zest through the opening on top of theice cream maker and let churn until combined. The sorbet will have a soft, creamy texture.
  • If a firmerconsistency is desired, transfer the sorbet to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.
  • Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

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