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Lemon-Thyme Sorbet with Summer Berries

Endlessly versatile, flavored syrups can be churned with ingredients like pureed fruit, fruit juice or fresh herbs in an ice cream machine to make sorbet. Jean-Georges Vongerichten first developed this breezy lemon-thyme ice for F&W, then started serving it as a special at his Mercer Kitchen in Manhattan's Mercer hotel. "Lemon-thyme, that's my guy," Vongerichten says. "I would use rosemary too."


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  • Servings: 4

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  • Lemon-Thyme Syrup
  • 6 ounces strawberries, halved, or sliced if large
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 6 ounces sweet cherries, halved
  • Thyme sprigs, for garnish


  1. Pour the Lemon-Thyme Syrup into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer the lemon-thyme sorbet to a plastic container, cover and freeze.
  2. Shortly before serving, in a bowl, toss the berries with the cherries. Scoop the sorbet into bowls. Spoon the berries on top, garnish with the thyme sprigs and serve.

Make Ahead

The sorbet can be frozen for up to 3 days.

Contributed By Photo © Frances Janisch Published September 2006

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