“Spring Has Sprung… BATTER UP!! (aka, Lemon & Pinot Sorbet)”

Bowl of sorbet, glass of pinot grigio and jelly beans on outdoor table top

Ahhh, springtime…that magical time of year when the earth wipes the gloomy slumber from its eyes and springs back into technicolor life…that fabled time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of one thing:

Marisa Miller, hot Japanese girl and Eva Longoria in baseball uniforms

...BASEBALL!!

The burgeoning emergence of April, arriving on tender shoots of vibrant green glory. Without fail, a wondrous time of year…as the bitter gales of January mature into a balmy breeze that warms both the skin and the soul…as the melting snowfalls of February now water the blooming fields of color…and let’s face it…March just has a really shitty reputation all-around – especially right around the middle…

Julius Caesar being attacked by Brutus

"Ouch, Brutus… What the Eff, dude??" + a tousle of toga-on-toga action = THE END.

…save, of course, for that one legendary day…stalwartly carried by those most stoic of warrior tribes…

Irish babes on St. Patrick's Day

...the Irish.

All this got me to thinking…which should scare you immensely… As the days grow longer and the nights more sultry, man’s eternal quest for more……..baseball…invariably heats to a fever pitch. This unyielding universal truth – as reliably predictable as the passing of time itself and as certain a bet as the sun’s daily rise in the east to resume its tireless journey west – has been cited by poets and philosophers since time immemorial.  Indeed, man’s eternal lust for quality “at-bats” has been ruthlessly exploited by the commercial establishment for eons. From peddlers of shiny trinkets to snake-oil love potions, even the modern medical machine has found its way into the act:

Handful of viagra and picture of Morpheus from The Matrix, holding the red and blue pills

…but beware… not all little blue pills are created equally. I mean, so I've heard…I don't actually............*SIGH*

Alyssa Milano with disappointed expression and Dodgers towel on her head at ballgame

Don't look at me like that… I never judged you for Poison Ivy II.

But I’ll be damned if I just sit idly by and ride the pine while this mining of our testosterone continues, unabated. No, my friends, today we enter into a new ERA. Today, we level the immaculately-manicured playing field, or else we proudly grab our balls and go home. Wait, no… Take, TAKE our balls and go home. (actually, is that any better?)

man laying in a face full of golf balls, exasperated

Seriously, Jerry, get the hell up already… Have some damn pride.

Today, my manly “menion” (swear to god, I totally just make this crap up as I go), we will no longer be stopped short at shortstop. We will slide, head-first and triumphantly, into second base, even if we have to steal it. We shall never lose another of our ranks to the crushing depression of a laughably low on-base percentage…except maybe Jerry – dude’s a total lost cause.

Today, we ALL harness the metrosexual swagger of a Derek Jeter…

Hot Ukrainian model in Derek Jeter jersey

Derek Jeter not actually pictured.


…unless “we” are Boston fans…

Red Sox Fan with large baseball helmet

…there is still time to renounce your sins. Redemption, I'm afraid, remains highly unlikely…

And how do we rise above the throngs of spring training wannabes to ensure Major League performance worthy of a world-class athlete? How do we catch and keep the eye of that certain someone who wields the power to pencil us into the lineup and, god willing, NOT pull us for a last minute pinch hitter? We do so with grace, elegance, sophistication…and a little bit of alcohol.

bowl of sorbet, glass of pinot grigio and mint sprig on outdoor table with foliage

Lemon & Pinot Grigio Sorbet

1 1/2 cups cold water
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp Pinot Grigio
(I prefer the simple, inexpensive “Barefoot” brand but, then again, I’m already hitting clean-up. Yep, A-Rod comes to me for dating advice. Sadly, he never seems to take it.)
2 tsp lemon zest

As with my previous Marley-inspired sorbet post, you’re going to need a reliable ice cream/gelato maker on hand but it needn’t be an expensive one. As much as I daydream about a DeLonghi with internal self-refrigerating compressor (mailing address available on request), I get consistently great results with a basic 1.5 quart Cuisinart with detachable freezer bowl, although I do help the machine out a bit with my pre-freezing process.

Just remember, men… You are only as good as your equipment… It needn’t be particularly bulky or showy, though it does help, as long as it performs like a thoroughbred.

Now, there is a subtle but very real difference between the use of grocery store mainstay Eureka lemons and the increasingly trendy Meyer lemons so you’ll want to decide what variation you’re going for beforehand. While the Meyer will give you a strong lemony sweetness, without the traditional citric tartness, do not interpret the price difference as a measure of quality. The simple truth is that Meyer lemons lack the same rugged peel as their standard counterparts and, accordingly, are much harder to inexpensively ship long distances. So, price aside, your real consideration should be whether you want a bit of refreshing lemon “bite” in your sorbet, or prefer a milder fruit flavor to balance the delicate dryness of the wine.

Dice, chop and generally obliterate your lemon zest into something resembling a paste, and soak it in your lemon juice while preparing the other ingredients. Recover as much of the released essential oil as possible from the cutting board.

Fill the larger of two nesting bowls about half full with crushed ice and enough ice water to make it slushy… Nestle the smaller bowl into this ice bath and incorporate your water, sugar, lemon juice/zest and Pinot Grigio. Alternate between vigorous stirring and resting breaks, until all the sugar crystals have dissolved, and then let your sorbet machine earn its keep. Finish off the process with a couple hours in the freezer before serving.

Try to resist the ever-present urge to increase the alcohol content beyond three tablespoons. Bear in mind that alcohol will reduce the freezing temperature of the mixture. To a point, we want to encourage this because it helps maintain a creamy texture and prevents the sorbet from freezing solid. But if we take it too far, we will never achieve better than a margarita-like consistency – outside the confines of deep space, of course.

Remember, this entire exercise has been about DEcreasing the likelihood of encountering a frigid environment…

Perfect this simple concoction, serve it as a confident and flamboyant proxy for your own inner sophisticated sensitivity (no crying in “baseball,” my ass), and you’ll find yourself on-deck 4 times a night, in no time.

Just remember… Chicks dig the long ball…

hot blonde supermodel in Yankees-inspired outfit

...no pressure.

THESE CLAIMS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA…though I would LOVE to see the look on their faces!!

lemon and pinot grigio sorbet in bowl and glass of wine

6 thoughts on ““Spring Has Sprung… BATTER UP!! (aka, Lemon & Pinot Sorbet)”

  1. Great post. My just be the motivation I need to dig the freezer bowl of my Cuisinart out of the freezer and put it back in service. As for the rest of the post all I can say is – long live the Irish!

    • Haha I can’t agree more – and I had a feeling you would approve of the Irish “shout out”… So what should I be calling you, my new friend? “Dog” just seems so cliche’d!!

      • Sorry, saw this late. There are those who call me….Tim? No, Ed, actually. Although “Dog” is no more cliched then “Boss” lol. Looking forward to your future posts my friend….

      • There was a builder / hotelier here in Dublin who had portraits of himself hanging in his hotels. They pictured a Dorian Gray type situation (in reverse). People would be shocked when they met the wizened old man. My avitar is about (he said loosely) a year old. I have not got any younger since despite my best efforts. I’ll take the compliment you meant….

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