It seems as though most of the US has been going through a hot spell lately. I can’t even get through the door without getting hit with the humidity like a wet blanket.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool, at Target (yay shopping and air conditioning!) and on the couch watching movies because it’s just too damn hot to do much of anything else. Cool treats have become a necessity in our house, so I’ve been whipping them up like crazy.
I really loved this recipe not only for the final product, but because the leftover green tea simple syrup was great in cocktails. Try a Pomegranate Green Tea Vodka Soda with your leftover syrup, you won’t be disappointed!
I’m including instructions for making this recipe with or without an ice cream maker.
Pomegranate Green Tea Sorbet – slightly adapted from Group Recipes
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Agave Nectar
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 5-6 Green Tea Bags (I wanted a strong green tea flavor. You can use 2-3 bags if you want just a hint of tea flavor)
- 2 Cups Pomegranate Juice (I used POMwonderful)
- 2 Tbsp. Lemon Flavored Vodka
- 2 Tbsp. Lemon Zest, grated
In a medium pot, bring water, agave nectar and sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep at least 5-6 minutes (I steeped for closer to 10 minutes to make sure my syrup had a strong green tea flavor).
Remove tea bags and cool. Refrigerate until chilled.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, place a nonreactive metal bowl in the freezer and thoroughly chill.
Once chilled, combine the juice, vodka and enough syrup to your desired level of sweetness (I used about a 1/2 cup of syrup) in the chilled bowl. Stir well to combine.
Place bowl in the freezer and chill at least 3 hours, folding in the frozen edges every 45-60 minutes.
If you DO have an ice cream maker, combine juice, vodka and syrup in your chilled bowl and freeze according to your model’s instructions.
Use the remaining simple syrup in your favorite cocktail!