A good friend of mine was in the Piemont region of Italy on vacation. On her return, she brought back 5 beautiful organic lemons and a bottle of Limoncello (Lemon Liquer) for me and while putting these offerings on my kitchen counter, she challenged me.
"Meeta, let's see what you can make with these ingredients!"
Hmmnnn! So, what can I make with these ingredients? Not so easy ...
Meringue? Pickle? Preserve? Lemonade?
- What would you make?
- What do you think I made?
Considering the heat and the humidity outside the last few weeks I was in a mood for a true refreshment. Cool and tantalizing ... something that was so cooling that would linger for a while.
"Ok," I said "come back tomorrow evening for dinner."
And they did!
Antipasti came and went and no signs of the lemons in any form or method.
Salads came and went ... no lemons anywhere.
Main course: I did serve two slicesw for decoration purpose on the main course.
We cleared up and went out side on the terrace. By now I could feel my friend's impatience.
"So? What did you make?"
I am such a tease aren't I? I went to the freezer and pulled out a fantastic looking and extremely refreshing lemon sorbet with peppermint.
BTW: Great guesswork going on in the comments folks. Thank you for playing with me. You all are so much fun and I hope you folks enjoy my little teasers!
4 tablespoons Limoncello
After washing the lemons peel the zest from all five of them and squeeze the juice.
In a pot with 1/2 liter of water put the sugar and the zest and while constantly stirring bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes, then take off the heat and let cool.
Strain the sugar syrup through a sieve. Mix in the lemon juice and the Limoncello.
Put all the liquid in a clean metal container that fits into you freezer. Allow to set for at least four hours. In between the setting process stir the mixture well. I did it about every hour, some do it more often.
Serve in tall glasses decorated with peppermint leaves.
Chill Out! Soeren did not get any of this! I know but sometimes there are things that we adults want to spoil ourselves with. The fact that I put the liqueur in it was just for us to enjoy.
It was sweet and sour and just lovely. Perfect for such fantastic warm nights. It was easy to make and has a ton of flavor through the zesty lemons.
OK! I'll admit it! I had a guilty conscious that Soeri did not get any. So, I have ordered a ice-cream maker. Look forward to my first experiments and tries with it!
I stumbled across a delightful blog the other day and was excited to see that Sam from Sweet Pleasure was hosting a one off summer ice cream event. Well here you go Sam my Lemon Sorbet!
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