Amazake and Lemon Ginger Sorbet

A refreshing sorbet made with amazake for a classic taste of Japan. Enjoy two variations - one with figs and one with walnuts. A great dessert to serve at parties!

Amazake and Lemon Ginger Sorbet
Photographed by EIKO SAWAKI

Recipe by
Misato Hamada






Calorie count is per serving: 110 kcal (with figs); 130 kcal (with walnuts)
Excludes time needed to chill and set the sorbet.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 300 ml amazake (store-bought; straight)
  • 1 tsp ginger juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • [Fig sorbet]

    • 2 dried figs (20 g)
    • 10 g raisins
  • [Walnut sorbet]

    • 20 g walnuts (shelled; net)
    • A pinch of cinnamon powder



Combine the ginger juice and lemon juice with the amazake.


Pour the amazake mixture into a food storage bag. Remove as much air as possible, flatten, and seal. Freeze until hardened. Soak the figs and raisins in warm water to soften. Cut the figs into easy-to-eat pieces. Coarsely chop the walnuts and then toast in a frying pan.


Take the frozen sorbet out of the freezer. Crush in the bag and break up into fine pieces.


Divide the sorbet into two servings. Add the figs and raisins to one and the walnuts to the other. Sprinkle the walnut sorbet with cinnamon powder.