They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and they’re right. Apples are chock full of health benefits that can keep you healthy and regular. From the bright red, yellow, or green peels down to the core, the goodness of apples is legendary. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s possible to miss out on their excellent benefits because we are, well, tired of them. It’s sad but true. Thankfully, apples can be enjoyed in a variety of delicious ways, including flaky apple pies, sparkling apple cider, caramel apples, cinnamony apple crisp, or convenient apple juice. If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of apples but just don’t want to eat another apple slice, here is a delicious, refreshing, easy alternative. We think it would be equally delicious and appropriate at a formal wedding reception, a casual party, or even for an after-school snack, and we hope you’ll love it, too.
Sparkling Apple Mint Sorbet
First, combine 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then remove it from the heat and add four drops of peppermint extract. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of fresh apple juice until it’s well blended. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream freezer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. When it’s finished, move it to the freezer and allow it to ripen for at least two hours. If you want, serve it with a sprig of mint for a garnish, and enjoy!
If You Don’t Have an Ice Cream Freezer
It’s perfectly fine if you don’t own an ice cream freezer. The great thing about an ice cream freezer is that it keeps the ice crystals moving so the recipe turns out smooth instead of chunky. You can achieve the same effect by freezing the sorbet in a shallow baking dish and mixing it well every few minutes as it freezes. You can use a hand-held mixer or just a spatula and a little muscle to keep those ice crystals broken up. Be warned: as it freezes, it will take more work to keep stirring it. Eventually, voila! Sorbet has arrived!
If you prefer, you can use fresh cider in place of the juice. The two are practically the same, except that cider undergoes less processing than juice. You can also substitute vanilla flavoring for the mint extract. A little imagination is all it takes to transform the health benefits of apples into a treat perfect for any occasion. Enjoy your day’s helping of apples, and give the doctor a rest!