Orange-Basil Sorbet

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 2h 45m

Yields 3 1/2 cups, serves 4

Here, basil rounds out the orange flavor, but the uninformed would be hard-pressed to identify the mysterious element as basil.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup lightly packed chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or orange-flavored vodka
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest


In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water over high heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is simmering, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. You should have a little more than 1 cup syrup.

Combine 3/4 cup of the warm syrup with the orange juice, basil, Grand Marnier and orange zest; stir well to combine. Set aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour, according to taste: the basil flavor strengthens as it sits. For faster freezing, transfer the cooled mixture to the refrigerator to chill there first.

Strain the mixture and then freeze it in an ice-cream maker, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Serving size = ~ 1 cup

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 5935

nutrition information per serving

232 calories; 0g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 2mg sodium; 52g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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