Jerry Traunfeld
Executive Chef
The Herb Farm
Fall City WA

Love Potion Sorbet

"Food and sex are so related that when you start to do research it seems that every sort of food imaginable was at some point considered an aphrodisiac. To me, a perfect piece of fruit at its height of ripeness represents the most powerful aphrodisiac. It's been growing and sweetening until the one day that it's at its peak and will give the most pleasure. You are indulging in that one moment between youth and decay."

Yields: 1 1/2 quarts

Through the centuries, sea holly root (eryngium maritimum) and vervain (verbena officinalis) are two herbs that were often referred to as aphrodisiacs. Rose, cardamon, and ginger also make the love-inducing list. There's no guarantee, but try it and see what happens! Happy Valentines Day!
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sea holly root, fresh, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon chopped vervain leaf, fresh, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 12 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 6 (1/4") slices fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup champagne
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sea holly, vervain, cardamom pods, and ginger. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep for 1 hour. Strain and chill. Stir in the rose water, lemon juice and champagne. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.