Lemon Sorbet and a Giveaway

Summer temperatures are in full force here in Ohio, so I thought I would make some lemon sorbet and post a giveaway to help ya beat the heat!

This is another recipe from the Williams Sonoma Ice Cream book that I fell in love with last month. I purchased one from ebay to pass along to one of you! This book is full of cool treats that range from super basic recipes to recipes that will please the pickiest of palettes.

I have never made sorbet before, so I thought this would be a great recipe to try and post for all of my lovely readers! I adore lemon flavored items in the summer, plus I had purchased a large bag of them from the market. This recipe is also perfect for a warm day because you do not have turn on the oven to get a tasty, refreshing dessert… plus it requires very little prep work!

Now the giveaway: if you win, you will receive the Williams Sonoma Ice Cream recipe book, an ergonomic (I like the word ergonomic for some reason) ice cream scooper to dish out all your delectable creations, and a jar of ice cream toppers. Oh, and as usual, I will throw in a couple of surprise items as well!!

How do you win? Giveaway Ended!
Post a comment telling me your favorite way to beat the summer heat! *Tweet about this giveaway and post a link on my post to your tweet for an extra chance to win!

The Rules
1.) Open to U.S.A. residents only.
2.) One winner will be chosen on 7/3/09 by using random.org.
3.) Make sure that I have a way to contact you when you leave a comment; either through your
blog or an email.
4.) One comment per person, please. Plus one *tweet entry; totaling 2 entries per person.
5.) I will contact the winner via email or commenting on the winner’s site.
6.) You have until 7/7/09 to claim the giveaway, or I will have to choose another winner.

1. This giveaway is brought to you by me and is in no way affiliated with Williams Sonoma or any other products being given away.
2. The Williams Sonoma Ice Cream book was purchased from ebay; it is not brand new, but it is in great condition!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Lemon Sorbet

Yield: about 1 1/2 pints


1 1/4 cups of water
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1 heaping tablespoon of grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cup lemon juice


1. In a small, heavy saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar disolves and the syrup is clear, about 1 minute.

2. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the lemon zest, and set aside to steep for about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 2-3 hours.

3. Add the lemon juice to the syrup and stir to combine. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manuafacturer’s instructions. Transfer the sorbet to a freezer safe container and freeze the sorbet until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving.


- If using Meyer lemons, decrease the sugar by three tablespoons.

adapted from Williams-Sonoma Ice Cream Book


98 Responses to “Lemon Sorbet and a Giveaway”

  1. Nina — June 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    My favorite way to beat the summer heat is to stay inside with the a/c on.


  2. karen — June 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    my favorite way to beat the heat is to catch a movie at the theater.


  3. Amanda — June 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Sorbet! The lemon/raspberry combination is always magical. Always. :)

    To beat the heat, I like to hit the beach. It's hot, yes, but it's so nice to just veg out on the sand.


  4. Amy — June 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Nice cold watermelon is always refreshing!


  5. Sugarblush — June 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I would say my favorite way to beat the heat is to make a fun korean dessert–shaved ice with sweet red bean paste, vanilla ice cream, mochi, and fresh fruit : )all drizzled with some condensed milk!


  6. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — June 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    The sorbet looks fabulous!!!


  7. Thea — June 29, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Uji gori (shaved ice with flavored syrup.)


  8. laurenjholleb — June 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I am planning to purchase my boyfriend an ice cream maker this summer so this book would certainly come in handy! He simply adores ice cream. Also wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I recently made the rocky road bars and they were a hit.


  9. Margaret — June 29, 2009 at 8:04 am

    AC doesn't cut it–I need to be cold from the inside. Sorbets are so much better than ice cream, too! I'd love to see what's in the ice cream cookbook!



  10. livestocreate — June 29, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I keep an ice cream bucket of light lemon slush in my freezer all summer. We scrape it off with an ice cream scoop for a quickie cool-down. Your lemon sorbet looks fabulous!


  11. Maria — June 29, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Your photos are amazing! I love sorbet, so refreshing and lemon is my favorite. Great giveaway! I love making ice cream in the summer. I also enjoy the farmer's market and pool to cool down!


  12. aubrie — June 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

    My favorite way to beat the heat is to eat otter pops…I know, I sound like I'm 5, but I love them! I'm getting an ice cream maker for my birthday this week and I am definitely going to have to try making this sorbet, it looks delicious!


  13. tabithablogs — June 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    My favorite way to beat the heat?

    Um…what heat? I live in Santa Barbara. The hottest it gets here is, like, 80.

    BUT, if it ever IS really hot, I love to take a dip in the pool (or the ocean).


  14. Amanda — June 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I live in New England, so a dip in the ocean always does the trick (the water's hovering around 60 still). That and a vanilla custard ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and I'm good to go :)


  15. tabithablogs — June 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm
  16. Jennifer — June 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I'm wimpy. I like to stay inside in the air conditioning and eat icecream. I think I could subsist on icecream (and maybe peel and eat shrimp) for the entire summer!


  17. mama al — June 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    i love to fill the kiddie pool and let the kiddos play while i enjoy a lemonade popsicle….so dreamy…sometimes i set up the sprinkler and put my chair right at the very edge so my feet get sprayed while they play and i chill with a good book….*sigh, i so heart summer….


  18. Doug — June 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Best way to beat the heat is to munch a frozen chocolate banana popsicle!


  19. Doug — June 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm
  20. Jelli Bean — June 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    The best way to beat the heat in Ohio is at the Beach waterpark, of course!


  21. yeahexceptfornot — June 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I've been staying in the air conditioning!


  22. The Queen of Quite a Lot — June 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    That sorbet looks delish! I like to stay in the A/C all summer long. Sometimes if it's not too hot, at night I'll sit out with some ice cream and watch the kids play.


  23. Janssen — June 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I have the muffin version of that cookbook and it is one of my very very favorites.


  24. Janssen — June 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Oh and I love to beat the heat by freezing to death at work where the AC is cranked ridiculously high.


  25. mamabear2cubs — June 29, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    My favorite way to beat the heat is to make ice cream pie. Lemon and ice cream in graham cracker crust. My hubby asks for this pie year round. yummmm Your lemon sorbet looks so great. I am going to try it next week.


  26. Nina — June 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I would have to say my fave way to beat the heat is to eat ice cream and hanging out at the pool or shopping and stopping by williams and sonoma and staring at the kitchenaid stand mixer that I will eventually get.


  27. allison — June 30, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Okay, in the midst of a heat wave I have to say locking my self in my air conditioned house works best…but in honor of your food blog I like to freeze my kids "go-gerts" & snack on them through out the day. Pretty yummy way to stay cool.


  28. Katrina — June 30, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I'm kind of boring, but I beat the summer heat by staying indoors with air conditioning! (I really hate being hot.)
    The sorbet looks yummy and refreshing!


  29. Alison — June 30, 2009 at 9:01 am

    'Ritas by the pool when it's about 108 here in Dallas….nothing better!


  30. Ingrid — June 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I want that last bite with the sorbet and raspberry!

    It's hot just about all year round here in FL! With active boys that keep me outside when I'm not at work a giant umbrella keeps me cool with a giant glass of ice cubes to crunch on!


  31. Emma — June 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    The best way to beat the heat for me is to go jump in Walloon Lake. I'm up at a camp teaching horseback riding, so after work we all leap in with our clothes on :)
    (FYI I love your blog, all the recipes are delish) :)


  32. Jules Someone — June 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Lots and lots of air conditioning. And cold iced tea with lemon.


  33. Kathya — June 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Slushes, snowcones and fans – OH MY! Playing with the kids in the pool or sprinklers is fun too.


  34. Carolyn Pluckhahn — June 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    my fav way is to go in the bedroom w/ac and my computer and read your blog and get ideas for supper and then at supper sit at the patio table under a huge white oak tree in the shade. Carolyn Pluckhahn


  35. Carolyn Pluckhahn — June 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    My fav way to beat the heat is to go the the only ac room of my home the bedroom where my computer is also located that way i can read you blog and dicide what to cook in ac bliss. Suppertime will find us at the patio table under a huge white oak in it's cool shade. Carolyn Pluckhahn


  36. krme4 — June 30, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    This is gonna sound weird, but a really cold Mt.Dew…just had one the other day when we had a heat index of 110! Thanks for a great giveaway & stay cool :)


  37. Rachel — June 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Oh this looks great! My favorite way to beat the heat is by getting Pinkberry! Though I just bought my very first ice cream maker, so I may have to give this sorbet a try!


  38. Danielle — June 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    My favorite heat beater is frozen pillowcases. I bag my pillowcases (and sometimes a top sheet) and keep them in the freezer and take them out just before bed. Kind of a reverse freshly-dried-clothes-in-the-winter thing.


  39. pietra — July 1, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Lavender flowers in my pillowcase and and walk on the beach to beat the heat. Also lavender sorbet after dinner.
    With all the berries here in Oregon, frozen sorbets rule.


  40. Eliana — July 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

    ICE CREAM ICE CREAM ICE CREAM. I can't get enough of it in the summer.


  41. Becky — July 1, 2009 at 11:15 am

    My favorite way to beat the heat is swimming! I live in AZ and it is Hot!!!


  42. Kaylen — July 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Ice cream or frozen ice pops are the best way to stay cool!! Not the best way to diet…but sometimes you just need to cool down!


  43. Jan — July 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I'm making my way through ben and jerrys ice cream book… love ice cream! YUM! jansanderson@sisna.com


  44. Andrea — July 2, 2009 at 7:10 am

    The only way I can beat the heat is turn on my window air conditioner, close the door to the bedroom, and just lock myself in!


  45. Bailey — July 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My favorite way to beat the heat in the summer is to visit the pool! I was a lifeguard in high school for three years and love to swim. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to get ice cream from the local ice cream parlor as a kid when we were finished at the pool. Great memories!


  46. Babyfro — July 3, 2009 at 12:57 am

    My favorite way to beat the summer heat is in the backyard with my feet in my toddlers pool, reading a book and watching him discover the wonders the backyard holds. Brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.


  47. Crystalia — July 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite way to beat the heat is to head out to the frozen yogurt shop at the corner of the street and getting me a tasty rasberry treat… *drools*

    Maybe I should go right now! :P

    You can contact me by twitter (@crystalia68) or email (crystalia@gmail.com)


  48. Raike — July 11, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Great!! I have this Williams Sonoma Ice Cream recipe book… It has many delicious recipes!! I got some recipes thorough online store!!


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