Lemon sorbet and the chef's table

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My sister and I often talk about that "unforgettable bite." A special meal or elegant dinner that you fondly remember often contains a certain food or a combination of flavors that simply captivates you. Our Chef’s Table experience with Princess Cruises was memorable from start to finish, but the lemon sorbet topped with vodka (served simply as a palate cleanser) was unforgettable.

When I plan a Princess cruise, I can't speak highly enough of the Chef’s Table experience. My sister Jenny and I were invited to Princess Cruises for our journey through the western Caribbean. We celebrate Jenny's birthday the night of our Chef’s Table dinner, and it turns out that a Princess Cruise is an amazing way to celebrate a special occasion. This has officially gone down in history as the best birthday dinner ever.

The chef's table has a very limited seat, generally only 10 people can be accommodated per cruise, and you'll want to check in the moment you board the ship and then cross your fingers to be invited to the event. If this is important to you (and if you are like me, it will be!) I recommend that you try to be one of the first people to board the ship.

The cost of the Chef's Table is a fraction of what a similar ground experience would cost in a high-end restaurant. I don't use the word experience lightly. This dinner is truly an extraordinary experience. The food had so many dishes that I lost count. I can't recommend the Chef's Table highly enough.

If you are lucky enough to include your name on the list and then be invited to join the Chef's Table, the most important thing to remember is to go hungry! (and keep the beat, seriously, try to keep the beat) Every bite is fantastic and you'll be full before you sit down at the table, even if you eat all the snacks they give you.

It never fails to impress me when you combine a small amount of ingredients to create something truly amazing. I got home from our cruise on a Saturday night and on Sunday I was in the kitchen mixing this sherbet. I just had to recreate it for my family. (Side note, while I'm not concerned about the amount of vodka IN the sherbet, I really shouldn't even mention that the vodka served OVER the sherbet is not designed to serve kids.)

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Although I usually choose a rich ice cream or a chewy chocolate brownie for dessert, believe it or not, there are times when I crave something lighter. Whether you're serving this as a palate cleanser, a light dessert, or an after-dinner treat, I'm willing to bet you'll love it as much as we do.

Cooking tip: I use this ice cream compressor (or this ice cream maker) to make this recipe.

Lemon sorbet

Inspired by the chef's table at Princess Cruises

Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of premium vodka plus more to serve


  • In a large jar, shake the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice and vodka. Stir to combine. Pour it into your ice cream machine and process until muddy and almost spoonless. Transfer to an airtight container and place it in the freezer until ready to serve.

  • To serve: Place one tablespoon in a small glass or bowl and pour 1 ounce of vodka over the straw. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!


If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until almost firm. Remove from the freezer and fluff with a fork. Return to the freezer until firm. Scoop out the frozen mixture in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve. I highly recommend using a premium vodka for this recipe. I usually use Titos or Gray Goose to make this sherbet.

To take a look at the rest of our Caribbean cruise, take a look The best small gifts for travelers and What to do in Cozumel, Mexico.

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