Summer is here. . .well at least in Seattle. This weekend was a fabulous 75+F degree weekend. I finished planting my first vegetable garden and really excited about it. I always do pots of herbs and this year i am growing: cilantro, dill, rosemary, thyme, basil, and parsley. But but also my first batch of vegetables and fruit. For vegetables i have tomatoes, spinach, green beans, parsnip, radish, green onions and fennel. And for fruit i have blueberries, rhubarb, strawberries, and red currants. I am so excited about my red currants – it was hard to find but i haven’t seen them around since i was a little kid, can’t wait to see them grow. I am also just eager to see what will survive in Seattle and see what i remove or add next year. I will give you progress reports through out the summer.
Since summer was here i thought it was time to make another sorbet. I had received a big box from Lipton to try their new exciting 100% Natural Lipton Ice Tea flavors and i was a littel surprised how good they were, because i can tell you I am not a fan of Lipton Brisk at all. But this was not made with a bunch of chemicals and also not too sweet like so many other drinks are. The new 100% Lipton Iced Tea is available in these flowing flavors: Green Tea with Citrus and Iced Tea with Lemon, as well as two new flavors—Iced Tea with Pomegranate Blueberry and Green Tea with Passionfruit Mango. They also have naturally flavored and preservative-free diet flavors—Diet Green Tea with Citrus and Diet Green Tea with Watermelon. I really enjoyed both Green Tea Flavors and the Pomegranate Blueberry.
Since i had all this Green Tea and it was a fabulous weekend i decided to make Green Tea and Lemon Sorbet.
Green Tea and Lemon Sorbet
Yield: 1 quart | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Chill Time: 1 hour
2 cups boiling water (only if using Tea Bags)
8 Lipton Green Tea Bags or 1 – 20oz bottle of 100% Lipton Green Tea
1 cups sugar (use 1/2 cup sugar if using 1 – 20oz bottle of 100% Lipton Green Tea)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp of vodka
The trick I learned to making a good sorbet is that you need to make a simple syrup to sweeten it, straight sugar won’t have a good texture. Then the mixture needs a dash of alcohol to inhibit the freezing process, otherwise your sorbet will be a brick. This formula is very easy and it should work with any fruit or flavor, just be sure to taste the mixture for sweetness and acid.
The rule of thought it that for every 1 cup of juice, you use ½ cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of alcohol. But since I was using already sweetened Green Tea I only used 1/2 of the sugar required.
If you are using Lipton Tea Bags, in teapot, pour boiling water over Lipton Green Tea Bags. Cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove Tea Bags and squeeze. This is your “juice” or you can use the 1-20oz bottle of 100% Lipton Green Tea.
Prepare an ice bath and put aside.
Then in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ½ cup of the green tea. Bring to a boil then lower heat to medium and cook until the sugar has completely dissolved, 8-10 minutes. Transfer the syrup to your remaining green tea and set over an ice bath. Stir occasionally until cooled to room temperature, then add the lemon juice and vodka.
Once the mixture has cooled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Also for the summer Lipton partnered with Pandora internet radio. Who doesn’t love Pandora? I listen to is while working out, at home and at work. I love it. To check out Lipton Pandora Stations go to Pandora Pop, Lipton Country, Lipton Rock or Lipton Hip-Hop.