What’s cooking today: Mango & lime sorbet

What’s cooking today: Mango & lime sorbet
Tony Jackman’s mango and lime sorbet with a hint of Mauritian vanilla rum liqueur. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

This sorbet made with Mauritian ingredients will do a Sega dance on your palate. There’s no egg white involved, and it freezes in one go.

My haul of exotic ingredients from my family’s trip to Mauritius continues to inspire new dishes. I love making sorbet, so I concocted this breezy tropical delight while we can still expect some of the last hot days of the season.

The liqueur I used (a little of) is Chamarel vanilla rum liqueur, but you can substitute a rum-based liquor of your choice. I also used medium-brown Mauritian Demerara sugar, but it’s the mangoes that rule this roost, tempered with the zing of limes.

It turned out with a pleasingly gooey consistency.


1 cup/ 250 ml Demerara sugar

1 cup/ 250 ml water

3 ripe mangos, peeled, stones discarded

2 tablespoons lime juice

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons Chamarel vanilla rum liqueur or similar sweet rum


Heat the sugar, water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Peel the mangoes, discard the stones and chop the flesh. Add the pieces to the cooling syrup. Stir in the lime juice and the liqueur.

Pour it all into a blender and blitz until smooth, pulsing as necessary.

Pour it into a stainless steel bowl. This helps it to freeze efficiently. Cover with cling film.

Transfer to a freezer to freeze for 6 hours or more. It froze perfectly and did not need to be stirred during the freezing process, as sometimes happens with sorbet. If you need to, however, give it a good stir after about 3 hours and freeze it again.

This is a perfect sorbet to bring out at the end of an exotixc meal, whether something suitably tropical or a curry. DM/TGIFood

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