Season's Best Ice Cream

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Carmela Ice Cream's Jessica Mortarotti uses seasonally fresh ingredients and shares tips on making delicious ice cream and sorbet.Her ice cream can be found at the following locations:

Farmers' markets:

South Pasadena: Meridian Ave & Mission St, Thur 4-8pm

Hollywood: Ivar & Selma Ave, Sun, 8am-1pm
Arts District/Little Tokyo: City Hall - South Lawn, 1st St between Main & Spring, Thur 10am-2pm

Bar on 4: Neiman Marcus
9700 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Tasca Wine Bar
8108 W Third St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4437 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

Auntie Em's Kitchen (Coming soon!)
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Little Flower Candy Company
1424 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

Lemon Basil Sorbet
Serves 4-6

  • 4 cups purified water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Zest of 4 lemons (Meyers work great!)
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice

Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan, and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium, and add the lemon zest and basil. Simmer 3 minutes. Strain and transfer syrup to bowl and chill thoroughly. 

Meanwhile, squeeze lemons for juice. Strain juice and reserve in a bowl. 

Once lemon syrup is cooled, combine with juice. Cool in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. 

Freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions.

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