© 2012 Stacey Viera

I Scream, You Scream…for Sweet Cherry Sorbet with Lemon Basil!


We all scream for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month.This honor was officially designated by President Reagan back in 1984. (And here we thought he just liked jelly beans.)

Ice cream, a frozen confection containing at least 10 percent milkfat, by law – is the quintessential summer treat and a favorite for all ages. We’re partial to homemade, but also enjoy tasting quality brands from local and regional options to artisanal varieties from around the country.

To celebrate our own love of ice cream, we’re sharing some of our favorite ice cream resources in addition to several recipes.

An absolutely trustworthy source for homemade ice cream recipes is the fabulous and creative David Leibovitz. His book, The Perfect Scoop, is a must-have for those interested in the amazing goodness that is homemade ice cream.

For an enticing list of ice cream and frozen dessert recipes to inspire you, check out National Ice Cream Month ideas from Annie’s Eats and Brown Eyed Baker.

A few oldies but goodies are right here on this website:

Though it falls under “frozen treat” as opposed to a true ice cream, we recently made an incredible sorbet – no ice cream maker necessary!

Sweet Cherry Sorbet with Lemon Basil

Makes about 2 ½ cups

3 to 4 cups cherries

1 cup water

¾ cup sugar

Two sprigs lemon basil

Juice of half a lime

Pit and freeze cherries. Heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves, creating simple syrup. Remove from heat. Pour into container and add two sprigs of lemon basil. Let steep. In blender, puree cherries, 4 tablespoons simple syrup and lime juice. Freeze to desired consistency.

What’s your all-time favorite ice cream? Not a fan of ice cream? Do you prefer a sorbet or other frozen treat?

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  1. Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm | #

    Oh my goodness! You read my mind. I fell prey to the Whole Foods cherry sale last Friday and I have little red globes coming out my ears. I’ve got two cherry recipes working for this week. Perhaps this lovely looking sorbet could round out the remaining fruit?

  2. Stacey Viera
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 12:07 am | #

    Britt – You must make this! I used some cherries that were on their way to the Big Cherry Pit in the Sky. So glad I rescued them. You’re really going to enjoy the sorbet.

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