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Basil Lime Sorbet

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A few weeks ago after our weekly Sunday evening “stairs workout” (I know – I can’t believe I do it!), a friend and I decided to reward ourselves by venturing over to our neighborhood’s new ice cream shop – Glace. I’m sure we were quite the sight walking into this trendy, hipster little place literally drenched in sweat. But as soon as I looked at the fabulously creative menu, and had my first sampling of flavors such as “goat cheese and cherry”, “french lavender”, “caramelized banana”, “salted pretzel”, “venezuelan spiced chocolate”, and “lemon curd and blueberry”… all cares drifted away and I knew I was in heaven. :-)

So get ready – my ice cream maker now has a newly reserved space on my counter with a list of new recipe ideas I can’t wait to try! For my first Glace-inspired recipe, decided to try “basil lime sorbet”. My basil crop has been going crazy this summer, and I absolutely love citrus-y sorbets, so I thought this would be a fun recipe to whip up. Thankfully, it was a total success! Loved the basil+lime combination, and perhaps even more, loved how easy it was to make. (Hallelujah – no 10-step custard recipe on this post!)

Another fun thing about sorbet recipes is that they are super-easy to modify to taste. So if you’re at all worried about the basil, just add in a little at a time until you find your perfect sorbet-balance. :)  (The same goes for the sugar, lime juice, and water.)

A perfect recipe to celebrate the flavors and traditions of summer — enjoy!!


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Basil Lime Sorbet

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A delicious and simple sorbet – celebrating the best flavors of summer! Detailed recipe and photographs included.


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups basil leaves, gently packed
  • 1 cup sugar (or more/less to taste)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lime zest


  1. In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat.  Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes (or more).
  2. Then add the sugar/water mixture, basil leaves and lime juice to a blender.  And carefully (use caution when blending warm liquids) puree the mixture for about 1 minute, or until well-blended..  Pour through fine-meshed strainer, and stir in the lime zest.
  3. Freeze immediately in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions until slushy-firm.  Scoop into a storage container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.


Adapted from The Herb Companion


Ali’s Tip:

If you’re going for color in your sorbet, feel free to blanch your basil leaves before adding them to the blender. Just boil a pot of water, pop them in for about 10 seconds, and them quickly remove them and place in ice water. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful vivid green color!

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13 comments on “Basil Lime Sorbet”

  1. This sorbet looks so refreshing. The Glacé ice cream shop sounds yummy!

  2. “Glace” sounds great – I wish we had one in LA! What a lovely sorbet… I love the unique combination of flavors. I’m rediscovering basil in a whole new way, thanks to all the sweet dishes and drinks you can add it to during the summer months.

  3. I’m so jealous of that ice cream shop…. the flavours sound divine!
    Lime sorbet is one of my favourites, and I really like the idea of changing it up a little with basil… it sounds like a great dessert for a really hot day (which is probably why I want some right now). :)

  4. Now I really wish I had an ice cream maker! I KNOW this would be a delicious sorbet… We are growing Lime Basil in our patio garden and it is now our favorite thing to add to our summer dishes. It is AMAZING and I think you would love it too.

  5. Mmm I have cinnamon basil and it would be perfect for this. I have pesto and chicken in the Crock Pot now–smells good.

  6. This looks great! I am growing a lot of herbs in my garden, so I’m happy to try new recipes that use herbs, especially basil. Yum!

  7. I blogged about this wonderful recipe! Such a success!

  8. i just made this, wasn’t sure about the herbal flavor so i halved the recipe…but boy, it turned out to be ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! My parents had a bite and immediately asked for more. We also thought it’d be really good if add a bit of gin or vodka for a nice summer drink. Thanks for the recipe!!! & Delicious photos!

  9. Hi! I made this this last week. I wanted to mention it in my blog with a link to your blog. Is that okay? Only good things will be said of course:)

  10. Well, crap I just made this and realized I need an ice cream machine. Huge oversight! Should I just freeze it and see how it goes?