Pink Lemonade Sorbet

We lived in California when I was 3 years old and one of my favorite pastimes was picking lemons from the tree in our backyard. I actually only vaugely remember the lemon tree (apparently my mom had to routinely stop me from picking too many at once), but freshly squeezed lemonade has made me happy ever since then. Pink lemonade is my favorite and since the winter has just been dragging on and on here in Boston, I decided we needed a little taste of summer to cheer us up. Plus, Meyer lemons won’t be in season much longer and it’s about time I made something with them!

My sorbet contained lots of Meyer lemon juice and zest, frozen raspberries, sugar, and a touch of Cointreau to keep it from getting too icy. Mmm, the perfect winter/summer/anytime treat!

Pink Lemonade Sorbet
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (from 4 lemons)
1 teaspoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest
1 12-ounce package frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon Cointreau
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Let cool 5 minutes. Place simple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, and frozen raspberries in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Strain to remove raspberry seeds and stir in Cointreau and salt. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn according to the package instructions (the mixture will be cold and ready to churn without refrigerating it first because of the frozen raspberries). Place in the freezer until it firms up, about an hour. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 218 calories, 0.5g fat, 0.7g fiber, 1.1g protein per serving
Cost: $1.45 per serving

38 Responses to Pink Lemonade Sorbet

  1. This looks absolutely refreshing. What a great idea for a sorbet. I think I totally missed Meyer lemon season this year. Well, there’s always next year.

  2. Pink lemonade is one of my favorites too! And sorbet(don’t you just love the sound of it), is so refreshing in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, I think we are in for more wintery mess on Friday,ugh! We must think spring, so thanks for the lemonade.

  3. Ooh. I love that you used raspberries. When I make pink lemonade at home I usually use strawberries, but they sound like a fun twist. I also hear you on the Meyer Lemon season. I almost picked up some when I was at Whole Foods but didn’t have a plan for them. Now I fear that when I next go they will be gone.

  4. Pink lemonade was always my favorite fun drink to have when I was a kid! I love that you used meyer lemons in this sorbet…definitely bursting with flavor!

  5. Sounds so refreshing and springy! I would love to have a lemon tree… and live somewhere where lemon trees grow… because I bet it would be warm there right now!

  6. This looks amazing! I’m always sad when I hear people talk about Meyer lemons. For someone reason where I live in NY I can’t seem to find them. I won’t give up though. I’m sure I will find them someday :)

    I’m also really loving the addition of raspberries and Cointreau. Delicious!

  7. I love that story! how cute! I also love that you are incorporating hints of booze into your recipes. (A little vermouth here, a little contreau there…so inventive!)

  8. This is such a pretty color. I would love to have a lemon tree to make fresh squeezed lemonade. I hate when I order it in a restaurant and ask if it’s fresh and they say yes, only to turn out that it’s Country Time lemonade they just stirred up. Clearly not the same!

  9. This is delicious! I used fresh raspberries, and added a little more sugar bc I had over a cup of juice, but what a great flavor and color. Thanks so much!

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