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Cantaloupe, Tarragon, and Vodka Sherbet

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 3 hours 50 mins
  • yield: Makes about 1 1/2 pints
Photography: Naho Kubota




  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup packed fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vodka


  1. Step 1

    Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add tarragon. Let steep 15 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve set over a bowl; discard solids. Refrigerate syrup until cold, about 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Puree cantaloupe and tarragon syrup in a blender until smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in cream and vodka. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours.

  3. Step 3

    Chill a loaf pan in freezer at least 10 minutes. Freeze and churn cantaloupe mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions, then transfer to pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hardened, at least 2 hours; sherbet can be frozen up to 2 weeks ahead.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2013