Summer Desserts

Summer is sweet, but desserts make it sweeter. From a backyard BBQ to a picnic on the beach, nothing says summer like these light desserts that will definitely satisfy the sugar craving and beat the scorching heat. So reward yourself with a sweet treat at the end of your meal—after all, the best is always saved for last!

Summer Desserts

Summer Dessert #1 -  Champagne Sorbet

By Sunil Vijaykar

This grown-up sorbet makes a very elegant finale to a sophisticated meal. I have used Champagne here, but the recipe will work equally well with any sparkling wine, such as Italian pro secco or Spanish cava. Serves four to six.


  • ½ cup plus 1½ tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups Champagne
  • ½ cup peach juice
  • Ice cream maker (optional)

Place the sugar in a saucepan with ½ cup water and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool.

Add the champagne and peach juice to the sugar syrup and churn in an ice cream maker until just thick enough to scoop. Alternatively, if making by hand, place in a shallow freezer-proof container and freeze for four to six hours, whisking the partially frozen mixture at least twice during the process.

Reprinted with permission from Ices: Sorbets, Granitas, Sherbets and More by Sunil Vijaykar. Copyright 2007. Published by Ryland Peters and Small.

Summer Dessert #2 - Lavender Cupcakes