Lemon-Basil Sorbet

I am so impressed with myself right now.

I managed to make ice cream, well…sorbet, while I was at my parents in California.  For someone who has relied completely on store bought ice cream this was quite exciting!

When summer began I read page after page of mouth watering, sweet tooth satisfying ice cream.  I’m kind of obsessed.  I would begin reading the instructions only to come to the end and realize you needed a machine to finish off the job, something I do not have.  I have since found a few recipes that don’t require a machine but I have come to the conclusion that an ice cream maker is in my future…perhaps for my birthday, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day {hint, hint}.

In the meantime, I have discovered that sorbets are deliciously satisfying and, wait for it, you don’t need a machine!  As I mentioned earlier my parents have a lemon tree so naturally my first thought was to make a  fresh, tangy lemon sorbet.  Paired with a hint of basil this version will quickly become a favorite!

Lemon-Basil Sorbet

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
Begin by making a simple syrup with sugar and water and steep the basil in the syrup.  Follow the directions for my mint infused simple syrup.
Once the basil infused simple syrup has cooled mix it with the lemon juice and zest.  Pour into a baking dish or bowl and freeze for 1-2 hours or until semi-solid.  Fluff with a fork and continue to freeze until firm.  Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Place in a freezer safe container and chill until you are ready to serve.


  1. That looks so refreshing. I’m going to have to try that. Yum.

  2. Just had a super salty dinner & I would love to dive into a big bowl of this right now!

  3. This really does look refreshing and delicious. I’ve been drinking water with lemon slices and basil leaves on hot days, but this looks amazing. I’ll be trying it.

  4. I just saw a lemon basil ice cream on another blog, and now this… It’s a SIGN! I really do need to make this today! 🙂

  5. What a great summer recipe! It looks delicious:)

  6. That looks so refreshing & I LOVE lemon!! I’m getting ready to try my hand at peach sorbet this coming week.

  7. I would DIE to have a lemon tree, but unfortunately, they don’t really grow in Utah! 🙂 This sorbet sounds amazing!

  8. This looks like the perfect summer dessert! YUM! I love lemon sorbet!

  9. Good for you! It looks fantastic. 🙂

  10. Ever since I got my ice cream maker, I’ve been addicted to making my own gelato, ice cream, sorbet, you name it! Great recipe!

  11. Lemon and Basil in a sorbet sounds heavenly! You definitely need to get an ice cream maker! The Cuisinart ones with the freezeable containers are SO handy.

    Once you get yours, here are a couple recipes for you to try:
    Peach Banana Coconut Ice Cream: http://sumptuousspoonfuls.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/peach-banana-coconut-ice-cream-in-a-sandwich/

    Kahlua Vanilla Latte Ice Cream: http://sumptuousspoonfuls.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/coffee-ice-cream-dreams/

  12. You would love an ice cream machine. The possibilities are endless. In the meantime, it looks as though you made a beautiful sorbet – lovely addition of basil.

    • I definitely need to start an ice cream machine fund! There are so many different combinations I have wanted to make this summer. My list is so long that is probably all I will be sharing next summer! Thank you for the lovely comment 🙂

  13. Love the bright flavors in your lemon basil sorbet!! We need this here today. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  14. Sounds super refreshing! I love lemon stuff; especially with basil.

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