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Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

March 25, 2012

Occasionally it is necessary to go back in time “nostalgia” for real and tonight I am celebrating the return of “Mad Men” with this wonderful sherbet.  I have been enjoying the TV series since I lived in New York during that time and dated many men like “Don Draper”, dapper, smooth, egotistical, immoral, cutthroat  and real “male chauvinist pigs” *.   They were also charming, debonair and spent lots of money on their mistresses or dates going to “21”, “The Plaza”, The Pierre” and of course “The Rainbow Room” but they really failed in humanity. This recipe from “The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz is the real damn thing from all those years ago.   It is the only lemon sherbet I have made that tastes from days gone by.  Do not bother to buy any lemon sherbet again, ever.  I guess you thought I might be posting a great Mad Men Cocktail and so did I, but there is time.

Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet


  • 1/3 C. Water
  • 2/3 C. Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 C. Buttermilk
  • 1/4 C. Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed-about 2 lemons)


  1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan; grate the zest of  the lemon and add to the saucepan
  2. Heat while stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat and cool to room temperature
  3. Chill completely in the refrigerator covered
  4. When chilled whisk in the buttermilk and then add the lemon juice while continuing to whisk
  5. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the directions

(Served here with: Lemon Sugar Cookies)

Yield (1 Qt.)

Recipe from “The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz

* Nostalgia-Welcome to the 60’s (from:’s history

Definition: A male chauvinist pig was a term used in the 1960s among feminists for men, usually with some power (such as an employer or professor), who believed that men were superior and expressed that opinion freely in word and action.

“Chauvinist” means someone who assertively maintains that his or her kind — usually people of the same nationality — are superior; “chauvinism” refers to an extreme and bigoted form of patriotism.  Thus, “male chauvinism” was used to refer to an attitude of male superiority or male entitlement to power over women.

“Pig” was a word of derision used by some student activists in the 1960s and 70s to refer to police officers and, by extension, others with power.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2012 06:52

    I like that you included those definitions.I like this recipe a lot. Buttermilk is a favorite of mine.

    • March 30, 2012 19:04

      Buttermilk rules so many great recipes. I hope you were not offended by the definitions, it was the 60’s.


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