Recipe by Alice Medrich

Lemon Mint Sherbet

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Medium Medium
5 Servings


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Fresh and sparkling on the palate. Try the herbal variation, or omit the mint to make plain lemon sherbet.


Main ingredients

  • a very large handful of fresh mint leaves

  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 medium lemons; grate the zest before juicing the lemons)

  • 2 and 2/3 cups 1% or whole milk

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (preferably organic or unsprayed)


  • strainer

  • food processor or blender


Prepare the Sherbet


Reserve a few mint leaves for garnish. Stir the sugar, lemon juice, and remaining mint leaves together in a medium bowl. Let stand for one hour.


Stir the milk into the lemon juice mixture, then strain the mixture through the sieve into a bowl, pressing lightly on the mint leaves; discard the mint. Add the lemon zest. The mixture will thicken slightly and may look curdled—this is okay. Pour the mixture into a shallow pan, cover, and freeze until hard, three to four hours.


Break the frozen mixture into chunks with a fork, and process in the food processor or blender until the mixture is smooth and the color has lightened. If some of the frozen chunks are stubborn, don’t be afraid to continue processing: extra processing only makes smoother, creamier sherbet.


Serve immediately as a slushy spoon drink, garnished with the reserved mint leaves, or transfer to an airtight container and refreeze until hard enough to scoop, three to four hours.


If the sherbet freezes too hard, let it soften in the fridge for 15 minutes or longer, or carefully soften it in the microwave on the defrost setting, a few seconds at a time. For the best flavor and texture, serve within two to three days.

Prepare the Sherbet

Makes 3 and 1/3 cups


Recipe by Alice Medrich from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts, published by Artisan Books (2012). Photo by Sang An

Lemon Mint Sherbet

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