Although the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day, is not yet upon us, the weather seems to be growing impatient.

With these hot, sunny days filling most of early May, it should come as no surprise that my mind has already turned to thoughts of cool relief (of course, in the form of tea!).

Here is the first of my new recipes that are sure to delight, refresh and rejuvenate through the heat of summer:

Sweet Lemongrass and Fresh Mint Sorbet

sweet lemongrass sorbet3 tbsp Sweet Lemongrass, dry

3 cups water

3/4 cup fresh mint leaves

3/4 cup sugar

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil then remove from heat. Add herbal tea, cover, and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Add mint and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on solids. Chill syrup, covered, until cold and process in an ice-cream maker (according to manufacturer’s instructions).