I bought a bunch of limes last week when I made the lettuce wraps. Looking at the extra ones my mind wondered onto what I could make with them. Something Lime and Minty sounded good to me…and no, not in the form of a mojito. Although they are good; and yes I use to make cookies that tasted like them, I was looking to try something new. Warmer weather is upon us, and some refreshing dessert is totally appropriate right now. Something tart, cooling, minty, sweet, and just a tad sour that it makes you pucker! After a few tries, a brain freeze, and a batch that was way too sour it made you close your eyes close as it hit your taste buds I finally came up with something I was happy with. I am not only happy with it, I gladly served it to my sister and my niece while they are visiting me this week. It is so simple that I think you should give it a try and enjoy the heat of summer that is here.
Lime and Mint Sorbet (makes about 5 cups)
2 cups of Lime juice, freshly squeezed (from about 8 – 12 limes)
2 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
2 tbsp of fresh mint, chopped fine
First, in a sauce pan combine the sugar and the water to make simple syrup. Bring to a simmer. You are looking for the sugar to dissolve completely. Remove from the heat and place in the mint and stir. Cover and let it cool before placing in the refrigerator to chill.
Next, once your sugar mint syrup is chilled you can start making your sorbet. Combine the Lime juice and two cups of the mint syrup and stir well. If using an ice cream maker place your sorbet mixture in maker and follow your manufactures instructions. If not place the mixture in a large container and in the freezer and let it chill pulling it out about every 30 minutes to an hour and stir.
Finally, when the sorbet is frozen and well stirred it is ready to serve. Place in serving bowls and you can garnish with fresh mint leaves and / or lime slices. Enjoy!