Key Lime Basil Sorbet

Do you think I planned to make the Lime Basil Sorbet this week when I saw the weather report? You bet I did! 95-100 degree weather begs for this kind of relief.  And I am going to use it 2 ways this week to get the full bang for the buck….it’s just a few bucks to make this so it’s really a bang for the bucks in terms of fun!

Ice cream and sorbet are so easy to make! I like to whip them up and store them in the freezer for when those moments of inspiration hit. You can do more than just scoop it into a bowl. I had one of those moments recently so watch for Friday’s cocktail to see what I did.

Let’s get freezing!

In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and allow simple syrup to cool.

Basil and Key Limes

Two simple ingredients that will tickle your taste buds!

Key Lime Zest

While the simple syrup is cooling, zest your key limes. I really like this type of small microplane for zesting. It’s razor-sharp so be careful to just zest the lime and not your finger! 

Simple Syrup, Lime Juice and Basil

Add the simple syrup mixture, basil leaves and lime juice to a blender.

Sorbet Puree

Puree the mixture until well-blended.

Strain the Basil Puree
Time to separate those that are going to the freezer party and those that aren’t!  I toss back a little bit of basil for color and stir in the lime zest. 

Sorbet Liquid in Ice Cream Maker
Pour your beautiful green liquid speckled with zesty friends into your ice cream maker. You can also pour into popsicle forms and freeze.

Frozen Sorbet

I never can resist looking in to see the liquid transform to slushy lusciousness! It’s magic every time! 

Key Lime Basil Sorbet

Scoop into a storage container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.

**If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a long shallow container and freeze. Remove every half hour or so for a few hours, and use a fork to scrap up the mixture so that it is fluffy. Place back in the freezer after each scraping. It will be more like a granita than a sorbet but still very tasty! 

Key Lime Basil Sorbet
Serves 8
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143 calories
35 g
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1 g
4 g
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134 g
19 g
26 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
134g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 19mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
41%
Iron
90%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups water
  2. 2 cups basil leaves, gently packed * see Note
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
  5. 2 Tbsp. lime zest
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and allow simple syrup to cool.
  2. Add the simple syrup mixture, basil leaves and lime juice to a blender. Puree the mixture until well-blended.
  3. Pour through fine-meshed strainer and stir in the lime zest. Refrigerate for 1 hour until chilled.
  4. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions until slushy-firm. Scoop into a storage container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.
  5. **If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a long shallow container and freeze. Remove every half hour or so for a few hours, and use a fork to scrap up the mixture so that it is fluffy. Place back in the freezer after each scraping. It will be more like a granita than a sorbet but still very tasty! You can also pour into popsicle forms and freeze.
Notes
  1. *I prefer my sorbet to be a pale green color so that the lime zest shows up but if you want your sorbet to be a vivid green color then blanch your basil leaves before adding them to the blender. Make an ice bath in a large bowl and set aside. Place the basil leaves in another bowl and pour boiling water over them and let them sit for about 5-10 seconds. Quickly drain them and place in ice water. This will maintain their beautiful vivid green color!
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fat
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protein
4g
carbs
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