Lemon sorbet Colonel (with vodka)
One of the real classic sorbets, here in its likewise classic version with vodka (the recipe comes closely adapted from Caroline and Robin Weir)
  • 5 lemons (including the zest of three, and juice from all)
  • 375 ml (3/4 cup) simple sugar syrup (1/2 sugar, ½ water)
  • (at least) 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • (optionally: 1 egg white (softly whipped), alternatively some aquafaba or Italian meringue
  • vodka (about 2-4 tablespoons per serving, but ultimately up to personal preferences)
  1. Clean the lemons carefully in warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry.
  2. Prepare the simple sugar syrup (mix, and possibly heat somewhat, equal parts sugar and water until all the sugar has dissolved).
  3. Grate the zest of three of the lemons straight down into the simple syrup. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and let cool down.
  4. Add the additional water and the lemon juice from all the lemons to the cooled-down simple syrup, possibly adding more water if the base turns out too sweet (use the Egg test!).
  5. Cover and put in the refrigerator to chill and infuse, preferably over night.
  6. Using a sieve, remove and discard the lemon zest (or keep it, if you like the pieces to be included in the final sorbet).
  7. Churn the sorbet base in your ice cream machine according to instructions (or still-freeze in the freezer, in case you have no ice cream machine handy), possibly adding a softly whipped-up egg white to the base during the churning.
  8. Pour the vodka in a suitable glass or cup and add a scope of the lemon sorbet: serve immediately.
The whipped-up egg white will improve the consistency of the sorbet, but may be excluded if you are worried/cautious about the health implications of using raw egg white. In case the sorbet is likely to be consumed very soon after preparation, there should probably not be any need to add the egg white anyway.
Perfect alternatives to the whipped-up egg white are Italian meringue, or the vegan alternative Aquafaba (both described in other posts on icecreamnation.org)
Recipe by ICE CREAM NATION at https://www.icecreamnation.org/2012/11/lemon-sorbet-colonel/