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The Neighborhood Pool & T’s Lemon Sorbet

June 28, 2012

The best part of a neighborhood swimming pool is that I don’t have to take care of it.

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On a hot summer day, which is very typical in the southern US, quick dip in a pool is refreshing, especially after soaking up some vitamin D on a deck chaise.

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With my glass…uh…plastic cup of iced Hibiscus Tea in one hand, my book in the other & my iPod timer set, I enjoyed about an hour of peace. Actually about 30 minutes – that’s when the moms & kids started showing up. But no worries! The temperature was 94 degrees in the shade, so I couldn’t stay in the sun more than an hour.

It’s hard to resist a frozen treat when the temps get this high. Try the non-dairy recipes at Hallelujah Acres & read why you may want to skip cow’s milk frozen treats.

Stay cool!

T’s Lemon Sorbet

This is a new recipe I wrote for my DIL’s birthday. See what you think!


  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • Zest from 1 Lemon, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Arrowroot
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Sparkling Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Limoncello – optional


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water, sugar & lemon zest, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Bring liquid to a boil; Reduce heat to medium-low & simmer for 5 minutes. Set mixture aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine lemon juice, arrowroot & salt; Add to sugar water, stirring well.
  4. Allow to fully chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Pour sparkling water into lemon sugar mixture & stir until well combined.
  6. Pour into an ice cream maker & freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Spoon into storage container & stir in limoncello.
  8. Store in freezer 2 hours or until ready to serve.
  9. To Serve: Remove from freezer & allow to defrost 15 minutes; Scoop into servings dishes.

Because of the high sugar content, it freezes reluctantly. I periodically inserted a rubber spatula to scrape the frozen sorbet out of the way so the liquid in the bottom of the frozen cylinder could reach the sides.
(I use a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.)


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