Friday, March 28, 2008

Very Berry Vodka Sorbet

It got kinda hot here in Atlanta today, upper 70's (just the day before it was in the 30's, so that's a big change) and I was wanting a fruity/icy but not at all creamy treat. I wanted something to appease my sweet tooth and cool me down in the rising temperatures both trapped inside the kitchen and outside with spring fully upon us. First thing to come to mind: SORBET!
I learned that the trick to keeping a sorbet less icy and keeping it from forming into a solid rock, alcohol can be added since alcohol doesn't freeze and allows the mixture to remain a bit soft.

Very Berry Vodka Sorbet

1 cup of water
1 cup of natural sugar
12-14 ounce bag of Frozen mixed berries. My mix almost always has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. If you wanna use other frozen fruit like peaches or cherries you could, you'd just need to adjust the sweetness depending on those fruits.
Juice from 1 large lemon
1 tablespoon high quality Vodka

First, make simple syrup in a small sauce pan by combining the sugar and the water together. Heat over medium heat until sugar is totally dissolved. Do not boil the simple syrup since it will take longer to cool. The point here is to just dissolve the sugar into the water.
In a large mixing bowl, add the frozen berries (not thawed) and pour lemon juice over the berries, stirring to ensure an equal coating of lemon juice hits each fruit. Next, pour the simple syrup over the lemoned berries. This will slightly warm the frozen berries, but the berries will have a frozen center still. With an immersion blender, blend everything (EXPECT the Vodka) together until all the skins are pulverized. With a fine mesh strainer, strain out the seeds from the base into a bowl and refrigerate until it is nice and cold (a couple hours for best results).
Once mixture is cold, follow your Ice Kream machine's suggested instructions for sorbet. My machine ran for about 20 minutes and then I drizzled in 1 tablespoon of vodka into the base while it was spinning. I let it spin for about another 5 minutes to ensure the vodka was mixed in well.
Eat it right away or store it in the freezer in a bowl with a tightly fitted lid so it doesn't get freezer burn.
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38 comments:

Jennifer said...

Mmmmmmm fruit sorbet! Your blog is REALLY making me hungry. :-)

Romina said...

That looks so yummy!! I need to get myself an ice cream maker.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

Wow that looks wonderful! I've never made ice cream or sorbet before; can you just use a regular ice cream maker, or does it need to be special?

Ashley Nicole said...

YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

Kumquat Peekapoo- yep, just use a regular ol' ice kream maker. i think mine is a Cuisinart.

Veggie said...

Oh so yummy! I want an ice cream maker (and some warm weather!).

missblueberry said...

Amazing looking sorbet! You put all the euro-sorbet I see TO SHAME! I think you might have convinced me to head back to the shop tomorrow and get myself the ice cream maker I was drooling over today.

Your post also made me feel less stressed about the heat I will be facing in Atlanta next month - at least there is SORBET.

The bean pie and avocado also looks fantastic.
Yummmmmmy.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, this looks lovely!

Hannah said...

Ha, it was actually snowing over here this morning! That still doesn't stop me from wanting this sorbet though- It looks so good!

vegan addict said...

by chance, can you UPS some of that yummy sorbet here to portland? please? the weather here is wild as well. today it snowed, hailed, rained, sunshined (not sure if that's a word, but oh well!), and then got crazy windy.

Rural Vegan said...

Vodka in sorbet may be the best idea I have ever heard of. =)

chow vegan said...

It looks berry good! :-)

Animal-Friendly said...

BEAUTIFUL sorbet! Makes me wish even more than before that it was actually warm here.....

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Mmm another vodka post hehe

Sam said...

Wow. That looks so great. I am going to have to try that. I've always been intimidated by frozen desserts for some reason, but it sounds really simple. Thanks for the inspiration!

laura jesser said...

Mmm, sorbet sounds incredible!!!

I saw your comment on DGMGV's blog, and I was intrigued when I saw that you live in Decatur, GA. I do too!! So... hey, let me know if you ever want to meet up for vegan eats or anything.

In the meantime, I'm going to link you to my blog. See you around!

~Laura

Melody Polakow said...

Oh that looks awesome! I can't wait til we get some decent spring weather.

stonielove said...

ooo... i must get some vodka before the next home party!

celine said...

I'm so all over this it's not even funny!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I could use some sorbet (and especially the vodka) right about now.

Happy Herbivore! said...

that sorbet is gorgeous! look at that color~

Calimaryn said...

Now I know I need an ice cream maker. This looks so good. Now, did it taste like vodka? hahah Or will I need to increase that amount? ;)

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