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What's for dessert? Cucumber Mojito Sorbet

Posted by Magic of Spice

Cucumber Mojito Sorbet

Here in the northern hemisphere summer is beginning to heat things up, leaving us in
 search of pleasant ways to stay cool. And of course frozen treats being at the
top of this list.

Officially summer began with summer solstice on June 21st where we enjoy
the longest period of daylight. This brings with it an almost instant desire to be
 outdoors. Al Fresco dining, BBQ’s, picnics, swimming pools and beaches
quickly become the fashion.

The Mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail famed as the favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway.
And let’s not forget this cocktails Hollywood moment when Bond offers Jinx a
cocktail and says “Mojito? You should try it” in the 2002 film Die Another Day.

The cocktail is classically prepared with white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, Cuban
or apple mint/Mentha nemorosa and sparkling water. The mixture is then lightly
crushed to release the essential oils of the mint.

Our sorbet however has a green tea base that is flavored with mint, lime and refreshing
cucumber. I found this tea while shopping at a local farmers market and instantly
fell in love. Given my immediate attraction to this tea, upon my arrival back home out
 came the ice tea pitcher. For the ice tea I lightly seasoned with some dehydrated
cane juice, a splash of fresh lime and some fresh apple mint from my garden.
While sipping my tea and contemplating my next kitchen creation, it hit me…
A mojito sorbet!

What you will need:
5 cups  prepared tea, chilled
1 cup  fresh lime juice
2 cups  evaporated cane juice, or raw sugar
2 Tbs  lime zest, divided
4-5 large apple mint leaves, torn
8-10 slices cucumber
2 Tbs white rum, optional
A pinch of salt
Ice cream maker

Let's get freezing:
Begin preparing a simple syrup by placing tea, sugar and half of the lime zest into a
medium sized saucepan.Over medium heat, simmer this mixture until the sugar
has completely melted.

Remove from heat and all remaining ingredients except for rum and remaining lime
 zest. (These ingredients will be added at the very end). Allow this mixture to rest for
 20 minutes then chill in refrigerator 4-6 hours or overnight.

Once mixture has completely chilled, stain through a fine mesh sieve to
 remove all solids. Your mixture is now ready for your ice cream machine.

Follow your machines manufacturer instructions for sorbet.
The mixture will typically reach desired consistency in about 20 min.

Once you have reached desired consistency, add remaining lime zest and rum
 until incorporated.
Note: If you are not able to find the cucumber mojito tea, you can come close
 to the flavors by using a green ice tea and increasing the amounts of cucumber,
mint and lime zest.

This recipe was featured on Honest Cooking.

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Alisha ~ Magic of Spice

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