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Lime and Basil Sorbet 
Refreshing Palate Cleanser to Serve before the Main Entree

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A refreshing frozen combination of fruit juice, sugar, water and herb leaves that can be made weeks in advance.  No ice cream maker is required. How easy is that and so elegant!  I served this with my
 
Rack of Lamb - 6 Course Dinner Menu.  See all the photographs for more ideas on how to serve.

lime basil sorbet
recipe and photograph by Peggy Bucholz for  
www.finedinings.com


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Total Time: 15 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 5 min
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
15 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
and 6 - 8 sprigs for garnish
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Instructions:

Combine sugar, water and basil
in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool the mixture, add the lime juice. Puree in a food processor or blender, strain and transfer mixture to a shallow pan or bowl, cover and freeze until firm.

Remove from freezer, puree the mixture again, put in a small bowl, cover and freeze.
  Use a melon baller to make 1 to 3 small balls per person; serve in chilled stemmed glasses with the garnish. 

Wine recommendation: Pinot Gris; Champagne

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