Three Lemon Sorbet

This lemon sorbet uses three types of lemon flavours  – lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemon zest.   Using all three makes for an absolutely stunning sorbet.   I can’t begin to tell you how much of a stunner and how well balanced this recipe is.   Quite frankly, it’s more refreshing than a swim on a hot summer’s day!   If you don’t have any of the lemon ingredients you can just ramp up the quantities of the other two,  but honestly, do try this as it’s written if you can.

I wish I could claim this lemon sorbet recipe as my own.   Actually it’s a Mark Diacono recipe which I’ve not tweaked in the slightest because it is absolutely perfect.  The three different types of lemon balance each other and add depth.   If that that wasn’t enough using Pinot Grigio gives a perfect texture straight from the freezer.

Serving the sorbet in lemon shells really is just for appearance and a bit of fun – it looks wonderful served in glasses too.  You could serve this alongside Lemon Verbena Shortbread  , if you like.

Eating and enjoying lemon sorbet



  • 50 lemon verbena leaves
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 350g sugar
  • 600ml water
  • 200ml dry white wine (I use Pinot Grigio)


  1. Lightly bash the lemongrass stalks with a rolling pin so that they look a bit like a biro you’ve trodden on.  I do this by lightly thumping them along their length with a rolling pin. 
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the water in a large pan over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, along with the lemongrass, until just at the boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the strips of lemon zest and lemon verbena leaves. 
  4. Allow to completely cool. Strain the herbs and zest out, and then add lemon juice and wine.
  5. If you have an ice cream maker, use it in the usual way.   If not, pour into a plastic tub and freeze. After around 4 hours, when the lemon sorbet is half frozen, whisk or swizz in a blender until smooth and return to the freezer. Repeat – Your patience if you do this amazes me. 

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