Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet

I had been wanting to make this for a while, but first I had to make some other random treats. We love Molly Moon Ice Cream and were super excited when we got to go to the release party for their cookbook. I’ve already made some of their ice cream flavors (must post some more!!) but wanted to try their sorbets. The style is different from what I’ve made before. You end up making a simple syrup and mix it with the blended fruit. I was not sure how it would change the texture and/or flavor. To be honest, I do not think it did much. You could probably make this more like the basic sorbet style of using a food processor/blender to mix everything. But, it was nice and smooth, so maybe you want to try it this way?

Strawberry Lemonade is our favorite sorbet flavor that they offer when summer weather comes around. Unfortunately, there was not a recipe for it in the book. So, I had to combine ideas from other sorbet recipes in the book until I came up with my own version. I can say that some big Strawberry Lemonade sorbet fan-friends of mine loved it, so I think I came pretty close!

Directions for Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Strained lemon juice from 3 lemons (separated into 2, and 1); close to 3/4 cup juice
  • Lemon zest from 2 lemons
  • 2.5 cups strawberries (if frozen, try to defrost a bit first)
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka (optional)

In a medium saucepan, heat the lemon zest, sugar, and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

Once the sugar dissolves, strain out the lemon zest and stir in the juice from the 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup).

Pour into a bowl, cover, and chill in the fridge for one hour.

Meanwhile, puree the strawberries with the remaining lemon juice. You can try to strain out the seeds at this point, but I’ve never had luck with it and actually like them in the final product.

Put into a bowl, cover, and chill in the fridge for about an hour (less time if your strawberries were already cold).

Stir together the strawberry mixture and sugar mixture. If you wish to use the alcohol at this point (you can use something other than vodka if you want that flavor, but the main purpose is to keep it from hardening too much in the freezer), stir it in. Then, pour into your ice cream mixer and churn until smooth and it starts to pull away from the sides. You will notice that it should take less time than ice cream–between 5 and 10 minutes usually, for me.

Chill in the freezer for a few hours to fully harden, although you could technically eat it all now!

Directions for Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet without pictures

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Strained lemon juice from 3 lemons (separated into 2, and 1); close to 3/4 cup juice
  • Lemon zest from 2 lemons
  • 2.5 cups strawberries (if frozen, try to defrost a bit first)
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka (optional)

In a medium saucepan, heat the lemon zest, sugar, and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, strain out the lemon zest and stir in the juice from the 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup). Pour into a bowl, cover, and chill in the fridge for one hour.

Meanwhile, puree the strawberries with the remaining lemon juice. You can try to strain out the seeds at this point, but I’ve never had luck with it and actually like them in the final product. Put into a bowl, cover, and chill in the fridge for about an hour (less time if your strawberries were already cold).

Stir together the strawberry mixture and sugar mixture. If you wish to use the alcohol at this point (you can use something other than vodka if you want that flavor, but the main purpose is to keep it from hardening too much in the freezer), stir it in. Then, pour into your ice cream mixer and churn until smooth and it starts to pull away from the sides. You will notice that it should take less time than ice cream–between 5 and 10 minutes usually, for me.

Chill in the freezer for a few hours to fully harden, although you could technically eat it all now!

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