Real Sorbet Cart Serves Cold Treats Made With Local Fruits

Looking for something to cool you down on these hot summer days? Real Sorbert, a new cart debuting this week, may be just what you need.

Husband and wife, Nick and Tessa Mencia, moved to Miami six months ago to start the cart. It was a learning process, says Nick, but they're now ready to serve their sorbets on our streets. The couple prepares small batches of their sorbets weekly, using primarily local, pesticide-free fruits and leaving out any artificial colorings, high-fructose corn syrup, stabilizers or gums.

"Our primary focus is using organic produce as local as possible in combination with the best sugars, spices and herbs," says Nick. "We want to make people happy and give them something that's cool and fun and good for you."

On the opening menu, the coconut chocolate sorbet made with milk from organic coconuts the couple got at a Broward farm, cocoa, vanilla extract and Celtic sea salt, sounds like a real treat. Other flavors include watermelon with ginger, lime and a splash of Texan vodka; peach iced tea made with organic yellow peaches and yerba mate tea; grapefruit with mint and splash of silver rum; and orange espresso prepared with Florida oranges, fair trade espresso, cinnamon and a hint of cayenne. Prices will range from $4 for four ounces to $5.50 for six.

Real Sorbet also is developing sorbets sweetened with honey for kids - think strawberry, banana caramel and fruit punch - and sorbets with a touch of booze - mimosa, lychee-tini, mango mojito and pear sake to name a few - for parties and catered events.

"We're trying to do something for everybody," said Nick."Some of the flavors are a little whacky."

To learn of the cart's whereabouts, follow Real Sorbet on Twitter and Facebook.

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