Summer is knocking on our door, and with it comes the heat and desire to taste something cold and refreshing. Because of the increasing number of fruits that need picking and plucking from our gardens, I have prepared sorbets with four different kinds of fruit enriched with four different herbs from my garden. Carefully selected combinations of fruits and herbs create refreshing blends that make sorbets with unique tastes that will appeal to every sweet tooth out there.
Personally, I do not like sweetened sorbets so these can be either completely unsweetened (bananas and mango are already sweet) or you can gently blend the mixture with honey or elderberry cordial (I recommend this for strawberry and blueberry). The process is fast and simple, you just need to time everything well. Sorbets melt fast, especially in warm weather, so you either need to eat it immediately or place it in the freezer.
These refreshing infused water with fruits and herbs will cool you down.
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You will need an ice crushing blender or a small food processor
Bunch of herbs
basil, mint, verbena and cinnamon powder
300 g blueberries
1 large mango
honey and elderberry cordial to sweeten
a handful of salted crushed peanuts
basil + strawberry + 1 spoon of honey
mint + blueberry + elderberry cordial
verbena + mango
cinnamon + banana + salted peanuts
If you wish to go for something that is more creamy and smooth, try this elderflower ice cream that will strike you with its intensive floral and sweet taste.
- finely cut the herb in the small food processor or ice crushing blender
- add frozen fruits and cut them in the small pieces
- add honey or elderberry cordial as per your taste or leave it unsweetened.
- Spoon it into bawl and serve immediately or store it in the freezer until you are ready
- decorate with fresh fruits and herbs