I decided to go more with a honey lemon cough drop version of the recipe, with a good healthy dose of ginger. When I went to the store in search of cough drops I couldn't resist buying a box of Luden's. My Mom used to always buy the honey licorice ones when I was a kid. I don't remember them being very effective, but they sure did taste good. I guess the same can be said for this sorbet. I haven't yet had a chance to try it out for a sore throat, but I also haven't been able to keep my spoon out of it for the last few days either. I'll be surprised if there is actually any left if I do get sick. What do you do to soothe a cold and/or sore throat? Any good home remedies I should know about?
adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
2 cups water
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey ( I used Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey)
Combine water, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, honey, and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions. Add whiskey near the end of the churning process. Keep in mind if you don't use at least a little whiskey (2 tsp.) to keep the mixture soft, it will freeze solid when you put it back in the freezer, you will need to let it thaw a bit before serving. On the other hand, if you add too much alcohol, the sorbet will not freeze up at all. Once finished churning, pack sorbet into an airtight container and freeze until the sorbet is firm, about 4 hours. Sorbet will keep up to 2 months in the freezer.