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Pomegranate, Cherry, and Rosemary Sorbet

pomegranate-cherry-rosemary-sorbet.jpgLeeAnn was excited about the pomegranate tart cherry juice she discovered at Whole Foods. It is 100% fresh-pressed organic juice, not reconstituted from concentrate, no sugar added. However, the bottle she gave me sat on the kitchen counter for a week because I like eating fresh fruit more than drinking juice.
When I returned home after brunch with girlfriends on Sunday, I found the path leading to our house covered with trimmed branches from our rosemary bushes, and my beau Steve in the kitchen, stirring rosemary syrup into the pomegranate cherry juice.
Steve is not a cook; he provides takeout sushi on my yoga nights, and grills anything that I have readied for the fire. I create our meals, and this is my preference. For dinner parties, I like to serve make-ahead desserts, thus four summers ago I purchased an ice cream maker to churn old fashioned peach ice cream. Steve was intrigued. Sorbets and lime pops are his favorite sweets, and he wondered if the machine would freeze sorbets. With a lemon sorbetto recipe from my files, he launched into his first culinary project.
Our freezer now always holds a couple of containers of imaginative sorbets Steve has fashioned from farmers’ market produce: lemon-lime-ginger in winter, blood orange mint in spring, raspberry lime in summer, Meyer lemon in fall. We treat our guests to the refreshing delicacies whenever we entertain. To my surprise, I am happy letting go of the dessert responsibility; I still get to dream up and produce all the other dishes
The ice cream machine began to labor, a sign that the magic of transforming juice into a frozen sweet is almost completed. Steve transferred his latest concoction into a container, and we sampled the icy Port colored crystals. The sorbet is tart from pomegranate, rich from cherries, with a hint of fragrant rosemary- a sophisticated do-ahead dessert.
Pomegranate, Cherry, and Rosemary Sorbet
Makes about 4½ cups
¾ cup sugar (preferably organic)
½ cup water
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
3½ cups Smart Juice Pomegranate Tart Cherry Juice
Combine the sugar and water in a heavy medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the rosemary. Cover and let steep 15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a medium bowl. Add the juice and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.
Transfer the juice mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon the sorbet into a container, cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
Scoop the sorbet into martini or wine glasses and serve right away.

Tags: cherry , pomegranate , rosemary , sorbet

Categories: Desserts, Gluten Free, New Finds


lynn @ the actor's diet
September 7, 2010 6:52 PM

oh how i'm craving one of steve's sorbets! this sounds perfect - maybe some chocolate chips too?!!

Carey Peck
September 30, 2010 2:08 PM


Having a late lunch and thinking about Rosemary cherry pomegranate sorbet. It's a far cry from what they serve down in the cafeteria.

Sometime we have to talk pasta. I bet you'd have a few good recipies for specialty pastas for the June Party.

I'm always looking for inspiration

Love your page

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