Simple Sundays | Mango Ginger Sorbet

Dear C & C, Every Mother’s Day, one of the best parts of my day is the homemade card you make. You don’t even have to write much; my insides are already a blubbery mess when I see the words, To Mom. It’s all I…

Simple Sundays | Mango Ginger Sorbet

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Dear C & C,

Every Mother’s Day, one of the best parts of my day is the homemade card you make. You don’t even have to write much; my insides are already a blubbery mess when I see the words, To Mom. It’s all I really need.

This year, I wanted to write you both a letter. The weeks fly by and I find myself wanting to stop and bottle the good moments. Scattered throughout the memorable moments are mornings when we rush to get out the door, some bickering that forces me to practice taking deep and calming breaths, and even meltdowns when we don’t get our way (notice how I said we). But mostly, there are wonderful moments, the ones that remind me how fortunate I am to have you both in my life.

What moments do I love most?

I love how you find me after school and rush into my arms. I love that you greet each other with hugs. I love the puppet shows in the car. I love how you can quote movie lines on command. I love how you work so hard at school. I love how you can listen to Harry Potter audiobooks all day if I let you. I love that you miss one another when the other is not home. I love our reading time at night, and our evening cuddles. I love that you adore mangoes.

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I love that you hold my hand. I love that you ask me what to dream of. I love that you want to know more about your heritage. I love your strength and your will to achieve. I love your tender hugs. I love how you do your homework without being told. I love your thoughtfulness. Big C, I love how you have your Daddy’s determinedness and my mom’s spirit for adventure. Little C, I love how you have my dad’s logic and my lola’s tender heart.

But most of all, I love that we have one another…that I have been blessed with good health and loving children. I love that we have this time together. And as much as it pains me to see you grow up, I hope to be able to see you grow old, to be there for you for as long as I possibly can. Thank you for letting me be your mother. With you in my life, nothing else matters.


Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. On this day, I keenly miss my own mother while cherishing my two children. All three of them share a love for mangoes, so I thought I would share this Mango Ginger Sorbet, churned with love.

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Mango Ginger Sorbet

About 1 quart

The ginger syrup used in this sorbet adds a lovely dimension to the sweet mangoes. If you're not a fan, feel free to leave it out when making the simple syrup.


For the Mango Ginger Sorbet:
1 cup simple syrup (to taste), see recipe below
3 mint leaves (optional)
16 oz chopped mangoes (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon lime juice

For the Ginger Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 2-inch chunk ginger, peeled


Combine water, sugar and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sugar dissolves, about 3-4 minutes. Upon brewing your simple syrup, drop in mint leaves, if using, and allow the mint to steep for an hour or two. Cool completely. Remove mint before using. The simple syrup can be done in advance.

Put mango, simple syrup, and lime juice in a blender. Adjust sweetness as necessary, depending on the quality of the mangoes. Blend and strain. Chill for at least an hour. The sorbet mixture can be made up 24 hours in advance.

Put mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for 20 to 30 minutes.

Store in an air tight container in the freezer.


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  1. Needful Things

    Lovely post.
    Mango season is upon us and this looks absolutely refreshing and delicious. Can’t wait to crank up the ice cream maker!

  2. Jennifer

    Do you think you can make this without an ice cream maker?


    • Liren

      Hi Jennifer! Yes, you can. Freeze it in a tightly covered container for several hours until firm. You can scrape it with a fork if necessary, it will be more like a granita. Hope that helps!

  3. Eileen

    This sounds like such a perfect sorbet for a hot summer day! I love the idea of pairing smooth, rich mango with pungent ginger. :)

  4. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments

    Wonderful letter to your children! Having children can be so chaotic, but I try to cherish every moment and every stage. One day when my boys are grown, I’ll have my many memories to reflect on. Your sorbet looks delicious, and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  5. Brian

    It is such a wonderful thing to see kids embrace one another… And to be creative and compassionate people. I’m not a parent, but I definitely understand how glorious this is.

    Happy Mother’s Day Liren!

  6. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Liren! I know how much you miss your Mother and I am sure she is smiling at you right now. This sorbet is simply perfect! Hope you and your family have a great day today.

  7. Adora's Box

    Being a Mum is just the best thing to be. Every minute is one to cherish. Lovely, refreshing sorbet. Hope you enjoy Mother’s day!

  8. Laura

    Liren, you gave me misty eyes and I’m not even a mama myself! This was so wonderful to read, as I’m about to head out the door and celebrate the lady who raised me. Hope your day is wonderful and full.

    Oh, and perfect sorbet. Mango love :)

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