Summer is here, summer is here! With temperatures blazing and searing anything to an almost-charred look if left out more than 10 minutes, it behooves us to stay cool as long as possible. Outdoor lunch breaks are great, but you’ll need something to simmer you down after walking a few blocks to your favorite spot. And weekend backyard fetes are the default way to celebrate summer events, but even then you’ll still want to treat you and your guests to something refreshingly chilly. They won’t come back if all you have is hot food right off the grill.
My answer to this hot dilemma: sorbet. It’s the easiest thing you can make all summer long and never tire of whipping up and scooping out. I’ve found the most luscious and irresistible combinations for you to tinker with. These will keep you busy but also cool and comfortable while you entertain at home.
1. Super Simple Lemon Sorbet with Balsamic Vinegar
This was something I just fell upon one day while playing in my kitchen. The vinegar was staring at me and my scoops of sorbet looked like they wanted some company. I drizzled some elegant balsamic on top and the marriage has lasted ever since. It’s a lovely pairing.
2. Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet
Can you ever go wrong with cherries and chocolate? I think not. This is just perfect by nature.
3. Strawberry Champagne Sorbet
Because no one rejected the idea of bubbly in a dessert. Ever. And so we gravitate towards this staple couple.
4. Peach Basil Sorbet
That it’s gluten-free and vegan make this one stand out (though, yes, we know most sorbet recipes are), and herbal infusions in dessert are so en trend.
5. Strawberry Ginger Sorbet
So ridiculously perfect for those who love an extra sting with the sweet, the fresh ginger in this stiffens the gentleness of the strawberries. I suggest adding some ginger paste into the liquid mix as an alternative. Either way, it’s screaming!
6. Black Grape & Cognac Sorbet
Probably the sexiest recipe of the bunch, this one is on my immediate to-make list. The colors, the simplicity, the strength in flavors. Just make it.
7. Papaya Lime Sorbet
8. Mango Lime Sorbet
These delighted me because mango is my second-favorite fruit ever, and dancing with a bit of citrus makes it a perfect evening palate cleanser. Throw some chunks of mango in there to make it more fun.
9. Bellini Sorbet
This is so fancy, we say reserve it for swanky Sunday brunch at home with your friends. Or, tantalize your woman (if you’re a man) with this one. She’ll think you’re the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, a white peach bellini sorbetto is not only amazingly tasty, but also in season. This is a keeper.
10. Chocolate Sorbet
Plain chocolate. You just can’t go wrong with it. (If you can, let’s talk about other things.) Seriously though: this is a bit bolder than what you’d expect in a sorbet, but delicious and appealing on so many levels.
Bren is a Latin-fusion private chef and avid world traveler, always looking for the next best adventure. As a writer, she documents her own food experiences with her camera and notepad and then shares on her blog, Flanboyant Eats. You can also check out her lifestyle and fashion expertise on her blog B So Chic!
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