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Strawberry Basil Sorbet

Happy 4th of July! We hope you are all enjoying the holiday with good food, family, friends, and fun. We are still having a great time in Illinois. We are going to swim and play tennis all day and have a BBQ tonight. Sorbet is one of my favorite summer desserts. It is simple to make and so refreshing. I recently made a batch of Strawberry Basil Sorbet and oh my-it is fabulous!

You only need four ingredients to make this Strawberry Basil Sorbet: strawberries, basil, sugar, and fresh lemon juice. You don’t even have to heat up the house to make this dessert-another bonus:) You blend all of the ingredients together in a blender and then chill the mixture.

After the mixture chills, you churn the sorbet in an ice cream maker. It is that simple. Basil is my favorite herb so I knew I would love the strawberry/basil combination, but Josh was a little skeptical. I told him it would be a winner and I was right:) We both loved the sorbet. The basil is not overpowering, it just adds a tasty twist to the classic strawberry sorbet.

If you are looking for a unique and refreshing sorbet recipe, try this Strawberry Basil Sorbet. We hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Strawberry Basil Sorbet


1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


1. In a mediium bowl, toss teh strawberries with the sugar. Stir until all of the strawberries are well-coated. Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring every so often.

2. Puree the strawberries and their liquid with the basil and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until smooth.

3. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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44 Responses to “Strawberry Basil Sorbet”

  1. Maria that looks so good and so refreshing.

    Happy 4th! :)

  2. Ashley — July 4, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Yum! I’d love to make this, but don’t have an ice cream maker :(

  3. Erica — July 4, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Glad you guys are enjoying the trip! This looks SUPER refreshing and so simple. Yum! I would never think to throw basil in there!! Have a good one

  4. This looks fantastic! My favorite drink right now is a strawberry basil mojito ( and this looks like the perfect, easy way to serve it up for dessert! I’m glad you convinced Josh it was worth trying. I made basil ice cream out of curiosity once and loved the sweet herbiness of it. Can’t wait to try this sorbet!

  5. Mrs. Fish — July 4, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    I love the idea of combining strawberry and basil together, two of my favorite things!

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite — July 4, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    This looks so refreshing!! Perfect for the hot weather, and my nauseous belly 😉

  7. Sounds like you are having a great 4th. My plans changed this am when my little one became sick. So just a quiet day at home (errr, kind of) for me. It looks like day of snuggles, loves and jam making. Happy 4th!

  8. My mouth is watering! Have a great holiday and see you next week!

  9. Looks fabulous! I have seen strawberries paired with basil but haven’t tried it yet.

  10. Joanne — July 4, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    Sounds like a super fun holiday! I’m glad to hear you guys are enjoying it. This sorbet sounds super refreshing. Definitely worth breaking out the ice cream maker for!

  11. Marisa — July 4, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    You have really brought gourmet sorbet to a whole new level, basil, berries, oh my! It’s really hot here, I could just dive right in.

  12. Woo Hoo!! While reading your post I just remembered that I have an ice cream maker that’s been collecting dust! AND I have all the ingredients!
    How perfect is this when it’s going to be another triple digit day here in AZ.

  13. susan — July 5, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    this looks so refreshing!

  14. marla — July 5, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Yay! I am so happy to make my way back over here. Love this sorbet. Can you bring some to evo for me 😉

  15. I adore basil in the summer so combining it with fresh fruit sounds perfect!

  16. Georgia Pellegrini — July 5, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I love basil in ice creams and sorbets. I make one with lemon and basil that is my favorite ice cream of all time, I’m going to try this one!

  17. Stephanie — July 5, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    I love basil in sweet dishes – especially when fruit is involved, the flavours just complement each other so well! I can’t wait to try out this recipe! :)

  18. Chelsey (Cookteen) — July 5, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    oh my I want this right now :) do you think I could make it without an ice cream maker or the fluffiness is key?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 5th, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

      It might be a little more icy without an ice cream maker, but I am sure it will still be tasty:)

  19. Lucy Lean — July 5, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    love mixing it up with different flavors in sorbet – this looks like a good one.

  20. Amanda — July 5, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    Simply stunning Maria. You are so talented!

  21. Wow. Strawberry ice cream a couple of weeks ago and NOW sorbet. You’re on a frozen dessert roll! Yum.

  22. Becky O. — July 5, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    I love this flavor combo too! I’ll have to try this sorbet recipe. Thanks.

  23. aida mollenkamp — July 5, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    I like the simplified technique for this sorbet and I adore strawberry-basil so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Happy belated 4th to you guys!

  24. I love basil too! This looks like a summertime winner for sure. Any way you think it could be made without an ice cream maker?

    • Two Peas replied: — July 6th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      You can try it without an ice cream maker. It might be more icy, instead of creamy, but I am sure it will still taste good:)

  25. sippitysup — July 5, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    this is just sooo sophisticated! GREG

  26. foodwanderings — July 5, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Love the consistency of the sorbet. I use mint often so I don’t see why shouldn’t I experiment with basil in sorbets too! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  27. Donna — July 5, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I love summer, don’t you? Such fabulous fruits and veggies!

  28. megan @ whatmegansmaking — July 6, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    how fun! I’ve got tons of strawberries and basil right now – this would be perfect!

  29. This looks delicious! I love using herbs where you might not expect them and basil would be just perfect in this lovely sorbet.

  30. Cookbook Queen — July 6, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    It has been so hot here in Arkansas..over 100 every day!! This looks like the perfect solution!!

  31. angela@spinachtiger — July 7, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I am growing some lime basil. Yes, it really smells like limes and would be so perfect in this. I’ve been hoping for some inspiration to use it in a dessert.

    • Two Peas replied: — July 8th, 2011 @ 8:55 am

      Lime basil sounds heavenly!

  32. Feast on the Cheap — July 7, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    oooh, in this 90-degree heat wave, I could really go for a double-scoop of this!

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  34. Heather — July 9, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I served strawberry basil lemonade at my wedding reception. It’s definitely an awesome flavor. I think I have to make this.

  35. Shaina — July 11, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    This is sorbet perfection. The strawberries have such a great color.

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  37. Saba — July 30, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    Maria this recipe looks fabulous!!! I just got an ice cream maker for my birthdat so I cant wait to try it out. How many cups / quarts does this yeild? My ice cream maker can only make 1.5 quarts so I don’t want to over fill it!

  38. Daisy Ray — April 9, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    I love sorbet!!!! If only I had a ice cream maker…..

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  40. Colleen — December 20, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    Hello! How many quarts does this recipe make? It’s an important detail missing from the recipe. Thank you!

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