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Lemon, Lime Campari Sorbet Float - Lemon Sherbet Cocktail

May 27, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

One of my favorite summer drinks when I want something light on the alcohol is campari and soda with lime or lemon, It takes me back to when I was travelling in Europe. Its so crisp and so clean definitely an acquired taste. In thinking about what to enter for this contest I thought of a campari and soda and decided to make it into a sorbet and plop a big scoop in an ice cold glass of sparkling water. Its a campari and soda with a twist. - sdebrango

Test Kitchen Notes

Sdebrango's sorbet strikes a great balance between sweet and bitter and is packed with a ton of citrus. Because of the alcohol, it did take quite a while to become firm enough to scoop. Whipping did make the ice cream float, but be prepared to take some extra time for freezing again after the extra steps. Try it in a slushy or with sparkling wine in a spritz. - biffbourgeois —Stephanie Bourgeois

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/4 cups Juice from freshly sqeezed lemons and limes you can decide the ratio as long as it equals 1 1/4 cups I used 4 limes 3 lemons
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups Super fine Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Campari
  • Very cold seltzer, club soda, sparkling water.
  1. Combine the juice of the lemons and limes, super fine sugar, water and campari mix until the sugar is disolved. Place in the refrigerator to chill, should be very cold. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn away.When the sorbet is thick and the consitency of a slurpee pour into a freezer container. Its best to freeze over night or until it is scoopable. (See step 3 for optional method) Chill your seltzer, club soda or sparkling water make sure its very cold.
  2. Get a tall glass put two scoops of the sorbet in each glass and fill with the ice cold sparkling water, club soda or seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
  3. This step is optional: If you want your scoop of sorbet to float you have to whip it. Here is what you do: After taking out of the ice cream machine put in the freezer for 1 1/2 hours take it out and whip it with your electric mixer right in the container you are freezing it in. Beat for one minute it will get slushy thats ok. Put it back in the freezer for another 2 hours then take it out and whip it again for another minute return to the freezer and let it freeze. Because it has alcohol in it it takes longer to freeze to a scoopable consistency. If you don't care if your sorbet sinks to the bottom of the glass omit this step.
  4. I purposely made the sorbet very intense so when added to soda water you an really taste the flavors. If you want to make the sorbet less intense simply decrease the lemon/lime and add water equal to what you took from the citrus.

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I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking, I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando. I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.

11 Reviews

LouLou April 27, 2016
First made the sorbet, and initial thought that it was too strong to eat just like a sorbet. The next day I put it in the sparkling water, and found my new favorite summer cocktail! Puckery, slushy, cooly good!!
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
Can I just say again how awesome this drink is?! Yum, yum, yum.
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
That's a great idea!
Beautiful, M. June 1, 2011
Ooh! That looks so refreshing!
fiveandspice May 29, 2011
Mmmmmm. Campari and soda is my absolute favorite! I love the idea of making it into a sorbet float.
boulangere May 28, 2011
This looks good enough to sip right out of your photo.
boulangere May 28, 2011
That's hysterical!
kmartinelli May 28, 2011
Oh this looks so good. Campari is one of my all time favorite flavors!
wssmom May 28, 2011
Lovely ...
gingerroot May 27, 2011
I love this! Suddenly it feels like summer here and I look forward to trying this soon.
wewhine May 27, 2011
I need to be on a porch, on a swing, drinking this ....