California Central Coast Recipes

Country Cousin Lime Freeze

At my family's "Country Cousin" seasonal restaurant on the shores of Lake Michigan, we made a large variety of old fashion soda fountain drinks. Beside the Orange Freeze, another particularly popular and memorable drink was the Lime Freeze. A freeze is like a milk shake, but rather than using ice cream and milk as a base, it is made with fruit sherbert and carbonated soda. On a hot day, in my mind at least, I think the freeze is both lighter and more refreshing than its milk based cousin.

Still to this day, people who remember the restaurant mention how much they loved those special sherbert freezes -and still think about them on hot days. Also, it is a great non-alcohol cocktail party drink for guests who are not drinking alcohol.

This recipe makes 1 large serving or two cocktail servings. 2018, Country Cousin Lime Freeze
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:
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3 scoops Lime Sherbet
The juice from 1/2 Fresh Lime (you can also you 3/4 jigger RealLime Juice (bottled)
2/3 to 3/4 jigger of Simple syrup (NOT Karo syrup find this in places that stock bar ingredients.)
4 to 6 ounces Carbonated water (Substitute Club Soda)
1/4 to 1/3 cup crushed ice
Slice of a Lime
Sprig of mint
Maraschino cherry
1/8 cup Crushed ice

Freezes notes* If you're using a sweet sherbert in most cases you won't need the simple syrup, however, the Lime Freeze DOES needs some syrup. Adjust each to your personal taste.
At the Country Cousin right before adding the extra crushed ice on top we used a coarse stream of pressurized carbonated water to perk-up the volume a bit around the garnishes.(Mainly for looks.)

Preparation Directions.

1 Into a shake mixing cup or blender, add lime juice, simple syrup (if using), 1/2 cup crushed ice, and 3 scoops lime sherbet. Add approximately 5 ounces carbonated water.

2 Pulse the mixer and blend to disburse and distribute ingredients evenly, but still thick like a classic milk shake. Add a little extra carbonated water if the drink seems too thick.

3 Pour into a nice tall chilled glasses. Add a little extra crushed ice on side and top with an orange slice, sprig of mint and a cherry. Serve with a straw and a long-handled spoon.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

This dessert drink is especially welcome on a hot day or evening. It's especially good after a spicy or hot meal such as a summer barbecue.

A tip from Sue!

Make your salt and pepper your "right -hand" aid

An easy tool to have handy at all times in your kitchen is your customized combined salt and pepper shaker. Buy a clear plastic shaker with a handle on it. Make yourself a "customized salt and pepper combo or "house blend." Ours is three parts ground pepper to one part salt. Having one of these handy really cuts the prep time down when doing breading and preliminary cooking!