Mint Sorbet with Bourbon is the Greatest Grown-Up Dessert

February 7, 2019

Mint Sorbet with Bourbon

Get your spoons ready for this delightful and delicate boozy dessert.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Judit Lipoczi


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest plus 1 cup fresh juice divided
  • 1 tbsp lime zest plus 1 cup fresh juice divided
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon
  • 6 fresh mint sprigs


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high, stirring occasionally. Boil, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves, lemon zest, and lime zest, gently pressing on the leaves with a spoon to release their oils. Let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Pour mint mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  3. Pour cooled liquid into the bowl of an electric ice-cream maker; prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  4. Scoop about 3/4 cup of the mint sorbet into each of 6 rocks glasses or sorbet cups. Top each with 1/4 cup bourbon; garnish with mint sprigs.


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