Always Lick on the Bright Side of Lime with this zesty alcoholic sorbet!
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Always Look On The Bright Side of Life was written by Eric Idle and was first featured in the 1979 classic film Monty Python’s Life of Brian. When Idle was writing Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail) it was one of four non-original songs that were used in the musical.
Spamalot opened on Broadway in 2005 with the wonderful Tim Curry in the lead role of King Arthur. I saw the show in the West End in 2007 because I knew the actress playing Lady of the Lake AND my cousin was playing the drums in the orchestra. I hope you’re impressed with my less-than-subtle name dropping!
Always Look On The Bright Side of Life actually features twice in the musical, once at the start of Act II, and again as an audience sing-along at the end of the show. It’s happy, it’s catchy, and the message is clear: “When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle!”
My recipe inspired by this song is a lime sorbet – a zesty frozen treat made just that little bit “brighter” with the addition of tequila.
Make a basic syrup by adding sugar and water to a saucepan, bringing to the boil for one minute, then letting it cool completely.
Mix together the syrup, lime zest, tequila and lime juice. Yes, fresh lime juice is best, but actually I ended up using half fresh and half bottled and the results were amazing.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Due to the alcohol content this sorbet doesn’t freeze into a solid block of ice, so you can enjoy the bright side of lime at any time!
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1½ cups water
- ½ cup lime juice
- 2 tbs tequila
- grated zest of one lime
- Make a basic syrup by adding sugar and water to a saucepan, bringing to the boil for one minute, then letting it cool completely.
- Mix together the syrup, lime zest, tequila and lime juice.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions.