Raspberry Mint Sorbet is made with only five ingredients to create a refreshing treat that can be enjoyed all year long!
Inspiration for meals and desserts often comes from a variety of sources. Magazines, cookbooks, blogs, family, friends and even professional chefs provide inspiration. When I try something new that I end up loving, I’m inspired to completely recreate the dish. A few weeks ago, I mentioned a raspberry mint sorbet I ordered at one of my favorite local restaurants. Everything on the menu is made fresh daily and uses local ingredients. Many of the recipes I create are inspired by their menu. It is also one of the only restaurants in town where I will frequently order dessert.
Mint is a difficult ingredient to use because it can easily over power other ingredients or change the entire balance of a dish. I find that mint works well when combined with only one other key flavor, such as chocolate or berries. This raspberry mint sorbet is the perfect combination of both raspberries and mint and creates a light, sweet and refreshing dessert.
I use about a handful of fresh spearmint leaves from my garden. Add the leaves to the water and sugar to create a simple mint-syrup mixture.
Raspberry Mint Sorbet
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves
- 3 cups fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 2 lemons
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the water, sugar, and mint. Whisk occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and remove from heat before the mixture starts to boil. Cover the pan and allow the mixture to steep at room temperature for 30 minutes. Once at room temperature, chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.
- In a blender or food processor, puree the raspberries and the lemon juice until smooth. Strain ¾ of the raspberry puree through a mesh sieve, pressing down on the raspberries to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the seeds. Combine the strained and unstrained purees and chill in the refrigerator.
- Once the mint syrup is thoroughly chilled, strain through a mesh sieve and discard the contents of the sieve. Combine the strained mint syrup and the raspberry puree in a medium bowl. Pour the raspberry and mint mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 982, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 670mg, Carbohydrates: 248g, Fiber: 24g, Sugar: 217g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 11.9%, Vitamin C: 147.3%, Calcium: 11.7%, Iron: 17%
*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.