Limoncello, the Italian lemon liqueur, is traditionally thought to have been invented about a century ago in southern Italy and today is enjoyed around the world. During the summer months, limoncello fans can cool off with a refreshing by-product of their beloved liqueur: the limoncello sorbet.
2 cups (500 ml) water
1 cup (266 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup limoncello
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
Lemon zest from two lemons
Sprig of mint (optional)
Mix the water and sugar into a medium saucepan. Bring this mixture to the boil, stirring regularly, until the sugar is dissolved and you are left with a syrup. Transfer into dish, add the lemon juice, zest and limoncello. Avoid adding too much limoncello as excess alcohol will prevent the sorbet from setting. Cover and freeze for three to four hours.
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