With Spring in full swing, temperatures everywhere are slowly starting to rise, and we have the perfect sweet treat to celebrate- sorbet! Not only is sorbet delicious, but it’s simple to make, requires only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, and it’s a healthier and all natural alternative to ice cream! So, if you’re ever in the mood for something sweet and cold to battle the heat, keep reading for a delicious recipe using strawberries and sweetened with just a few honey sticks.
What Makes A Sorbet?
Making sorbet at home is actually a very easy process! All you need is a fruit of your choice, a sweetener, a squeeze of lemon or lime, a liquid, and a dash of alcohol. The specific ingredients are up to you, allowing you to come up with whatever unique flavor combination you can imagine! Of course, the fruit you use makes up a majority of the flavor, but your choice of sweetener (like agave syrup, simple syrup, or honey sticks for tea) as well as the liquid you include (fruit juice vs water) can really change the taste of your sorbet. In regards to the alcohol, this ingredient is optional, and is used more so to give your sorbet a nice smooth consistency. If you do choose to include it, you can opt to use vodka, which has no flavor, or alcohol that may complement the taste of your fruit, like rum, tequila, or any other flavored liqueurs. As you can see, half the fun of making a sorbet is customizing your recipe based on all your favorite flavors! Even though it only takes 5 simple ingredients to make this homemade treat, the list of delicious flavor combinations is endless. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a recipe for a yummy strawberry sorbet recipe to get you started!
Strawberry And Honey Sorbet Recipe
To make this fresh and healthy frozen dessert, you’ll need:
- 1 Pound of fresh or frozen strawberries
- ¼ Cup of honey or honey sticks
- ½ a Lemon
- 1 Teaspoon of vodka (optional)
If you’re using fresh strawberries, begin by cutting off the tops and slicing your fruits into quarters. Place the strawberries flat on a baking sheet and allow them to freeze. If you’re using frozen strawberries, you can of course skip this step. Once your fruit is frozen, place them into a food processor or blender along with the juice of half a lemon, vodka, and honey. Depending on how ripe your strawberries are, you may want to use more or less honey than indicated in the recipe according to how sweet you like your desserts to be. If desired, you can even use your favorite flavored honey sticks. Blend the ingredients until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add in enough water to loosen up the sorbet to your desired texture. At this point, you may serve it immediately or store it in the freezer to eat later. If you do decide to freeze your sorbet, you can blend it again when you’re ready to eat it to soften its texture. And that’s it! You can now enjoy your delicious sorbet, either by itself or topped with even more berries.