If you enjoy the taste of fresh mint, this sorbet is for you. It’s heavier on the mint flavor than it is on the fruit flavor, but it’s incredibly refreshing. This is now one of my favorite sorbets. My husband didn’t love it, but he’s not a huge fresh mint fan. Although this is a perfect summer dessert, I could eat it every day of the year. I’ll definitely make this again before the summer is out because our garden is overflowing with fresh mint.
I was worried that this sorbet might freeze into a solid block without the addition of a teaspoon or two of vodka, but it didn’t. I was a pleasant surprise.
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1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
2 cups pure pomegranate juice
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Fresh mint, for garnish
In a glass pitcher, combine the Mint Simple Syrup, pomegranate juice, and orange juice. Pour the pomegranate mixture in an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. During the last 10 minutes of freezing time, add the mini chocolate chips.
Scoop the sorbet into dessert bowls and garnish with fresh mint.
Mint Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 packed cup fresh mint leaves
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and mint leaves over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.
Yield: 1 quart