Lemon Vodka Sorbet Cocktail
At this point in our journey together you must know, that here at Give a Fork, we LOVE lemons. We love their health benefits and we love their taste and versatility. With our obvious love for lemons, the (slowly) increasing weather temperature and December holidays right around the corner, a lemon-based cocktail was inevitable.
My family isn’t one for sour things, my mom always opted for chocolate ice cream instead of the wonder that is sorbet. But as you get on in life you learn of the things that your parents somehow didn’t manage to expose you to. For me, the discovery of sorbet was completely accidental. At an ice-cream store sometime in my teenage years, I asked for vanilla, but was apparently pointing to lemon sorbet and so the love affair began. Sorbet soon became my go-to summer refresher, and dairy ice cream promptly took a backseat. I had never thought about creating my own until recently. It requires few ingredients and a little prep work. But to us, having the freedom to experiment with different flavour combinations is just too exciting to resist.
This lemon sorbet cocktail combines the best of all worlds – cocktails, colour, refreshing coolness and it’s just kind of fancy. We know you’re going to love it. You can always make a bucket load of sorbet and store it in the freezer for those long summer nights or weekend get-togethers. Feel free to omit the booze if you like, because either way this sorbet is a must have in your freezer this season. Paired with Fever Tree tonic, the sourness of the lemons is balanced out wonderfully with the sweet and slightly bitter notes of the tonic.
When life gives you lemons, create cocktails!
- 1 1/2 cups Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 7 Lemons, juiced (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
- Zest of 2 Lemons
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/3 cup Vodka
- Fever Tree Tonic Water
- Few Sprigs of lavender
- In a medium saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil. Boil for 5min or until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Add the lemon juice, zest and salt and transfer to the refrigerator for a couple hours to cool completely. Alternatively, you could put it in the freezer to speed up the cooling process.
- Once cooled completely add your vodka. Stick to the recommended amount or less. Vodka doesn’t freeze, the more you add the softer the sorbet will be.
- Add the mixture to your ice cream maker and let churn for 15-20min depending on the make of your machine. The mixture should be thick, but still soft. Transfer to your desired container and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably overnight.
- To assemble your cocktail; add one scoop of your frozen lemon sorbet, top with Fever Tree tonic and garnish with some lavender. Best Served immediately.