Inspired by the ripe mangoes at a farmers’ market along the drive to Mount Kenya Safari Club, Hubert Des Marais came up with this smooth and creamy frozen dessert. Its intensely tropical kick comes from a coconut-milk base infused with ginger and cardamom.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten takes advantage of the first strawberries of summer to make this perfect alfresco dessert. As the red wine-infused sorbet melts, it forms a tart sauce for the sweet, tender berries, which also get topped with crunchy bits of meringue, a splash of aged balsamic and fresh whipped cream.
Jeni Britton’s easy sugar syrup can be mixed with almost any fruit puree and churned in an ice cream maker to make sorbet. During the summer, she loves sorbets made with locally grown heirloom melons and ruby-red sour cherries.
Lemon-Poppy Polenta Cookie and Huckleberry Sorbet Sandwiches
Because Mary Ellen Carroll and Donna Wingate happened to find plump huckleberries right before the ICA dinner, they decided to make sorbet and turn their lemon-poppy polenta cookies into whimsical sandwiches. Any tart store-bought sorbet (like raspberry, blood orange or lemon) would be delicious with these cookies as well.
Yigit Pura perfected this crisp-creamy French dessert while working at restaurant Daniel in New York City. His updated version combines little lime meringue kisses with basil ice cream and sweet mango sorbet.
Belinda Leong started to incorporate wild greens and herbs into her desserts during a foraging-focused internship in Copenhagen. When sorrel’s in season, she uses the tart, lemony green to flavor her tangy sherbet, but mint, thyme and basil are also terrific.