It is H-O-T this summer! Here's a refreshing treat to help you cool off a little. Lemon sorbet has long been used as a pallet cleanser between courses of fancy dinners. But lemon sorbet doesn't have to be fancy (it's super easy to make if you have an ice cream maker) and it's perfect to cool you down on a hot summer day.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5 or 6 lemons depending on size)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest of about 2 lemons)
Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil just until the sugar has dissolved completely in the water. Cool completely. (You've just made simple syrup!)
Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to the simple syrup and chill in the refrigerator.
Pour the chilled mixture into an electric ice cream maker and chill per manufacturer instructions. Remove sorbet from the ice cream maker and store in the freezer.
You could use this same process to create sorbet with just about any fruit. Just substitute the lemon juice and zest for a different fresh fruit juice or fruit puree. Enjoy!