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Just Like When We Were Kids

Pookie and I took a trip into New York City last month on assignment for my job, and during our down time we had a very hurried lunch at Caffe Grazie on the Upper East Side. We really wished we’d had more time, because they had a really impressive assortment of drinks on the menu, but we ended up having to teetotal. What a waste! Anyway, we scrawled down a little note of the cocktail we most wanted to try, and for the last six weeks I’ve been contemplating the combination of “lemon sorbet, absolut citron and limoncello” that it promised. How best to turn this into something that would make a boon companion to an afternoon hockey game? I mulled it over, and finally decided today that I knew how to handle it.

1. Put 3 cups of ice cubes in a blender.
2. Add 3 oz. of limoncello and 3 oz. of Absolut Citron.
3. Blend until slushy.
4. Add 1 pint of lemon sorbet.
5. Blend until slushy.
6. Pour into 3 glasses and top each with a drizzle of limoncello.
7. Use the drink to take the edge off a lousy day for the Devils in Boston.

A Maple Hoo Lemon Italian Ice

The end result of this cocktail is something that tastes exactly like those little paper cups of Italian Ice we used to get at the end of the day at summer camp when we were kids, only with a boozy kick. In fact, it tastes so much like them that Pookie and I both wondered whether those childhood treats had alcohol in them too. I can’t wait to build on this foundation all summer long.

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I Love The Mojitos, I Love The Sorbet… I Love The Mojito Sorbet!

One of my wonderful birthday presents this year was a White Mountain ice cream maker. I’ve had a cheap little ice cream maker for a few years now, but it never produced a satisfactory end product; everything I’d read about making ice cream at home suggested that to do it really right, you need the whole “ice and rock salt” thing going on to get your dessertstuff to freeze at the right consistency. I am super excited now to be able to channel the power of science that I totally don’t understand to make my desserts better.

The recipe I chose to christen the maching? Mojito sorbet. I found it Cheryl and Bill Jamison’s Smoke & Spice, and it sounded too simple and delicious to pass up. I mean, really — mojito sorbet? That’s got to be one of the greatest inventions of all time.

Like I said, the recipe was really simple. Just combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of loosely packed mint leaves, 3/4 cups of light rum, and 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until small bubbles start to form at the sides of the pot, then remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Then strain the mixture, stir in 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 1/4 cup more rum. Let the mixture cool, then you’re ready to pop it into your ice cream maker and get freezing.

The instruction booklet that came with my ice cream maker explained the deal behind the ice and rock salt thing, and even with it spelled out for me, I can’t figure it out. All I know is that you pour the mojito syrup into the canister, put the canister in the bucket, and fill the rest of the bucket with ice.

Then you start the motor, let the canister get chilled, and then start pouring on the rock salt. As the ice melts down, you keep adding more ice and more rock salt until, per the instruction manual, “the motor sounds like its really straining.” What a helpful instruction! It also says it should take 20-25 minutes. The recipe for the mojito sorbet explained that the rum would make it so it wouldn’t freeze super solid, so I didn’t bother waiting for the motor to really strain; after 25 minutes, I opened up the canister and sure enough, in the bottom was a delicious-looking soft sorbet.

Yes, this is every bit as good as it should be. It’s light and sweet, with a mojito-y lime-and-mint marvelousness going on. And yes, there’s a boozy marvelousness to boot. Pookie put it best when she polished off a bowl of it and declared, “I want all my drinks to come in sorbet form from now on.”

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