Spring time is the perfect season to start experimenting with fruit mixtures and ingredient concoctions. So when I received the POM Wonderful package, my mind went into overdrive. I only ended up utilizing it in two preparations.. the Raspberry Pomegranate Balsamic Glaze and this Orange Pomegranate Sherbet, but both were refreshing and enjoyable by all who tried them. I have been so impressed with all the recipes created using POM, it is healthy, full of antioxidants and a great juice to aid in digestion as well as being perfectly enjoyable on it's own.
Growing up we lived in a pomegranate rich neighborhood and it was a common fruit to enjoy, but it hasn't been until recently that creativity has been unveiled in this gorgeous fruit. Just to add.. I would have made more dishes with this juice but my kids couldn't resist drinking them on their own!
I used pomegranate and orange juice for the syrup base. I had intended on making sorbet but after reducing the two liquids the combination was too sweet. I decided instead of watering it down to add half and half till I achieved the sweetness desired. I don't know why, but it didn't curdle. It could have been the heating process that made it into a syrup, but when I took the chance and added the half and half to my base it was creamy and smooth. I cooled the mix in the refrigerator for a few hours and then processed it in my ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. It froze up perfectly and made a wonderful sherbet.
For parties, we often make a punch bowl with seven-up and scoops of rainbow sherbet. It looks lovely and tastes great! Although it makes a pretty perfect party beverage, it's still a tad too sweet for my liking so I opted to use my favorite sparkling water, S.Pellegrino. I have been drinking San Pellegrino's since I was a child and it made the perfect choice for a satisfying spring sherbet splash.
It has been beautiful here in the Valley, the weather has been a bit unstable and changing every other day, but with it has come colors so vibrant in the landscape and the perfume of lavender, rose and geraniums outside my windows. I hope you are enjoying the outdoors!
Ciao and Buon Appetito!