The Thanksgiving holiday provided me with some much-needed rest and relaxation as well as time to think about my blog. I return today to blogging with a renewed commitment to providing exciting scoop adventures. During my blog hiatus, I received a lot of great feedback from friends on and off the blog about how I can add to my discussion topics. I would like to thank everyone for their positive feedback and encouraging words. Many suggestions were based around ice cream related topics, such as alternative recipes (shakes, semifreddos), taste comparisons, and equipment reviews. I plan to explore all of these options.
A friend enjoying a champagne cocktail made with raspberry merlot sorbet
Today I bring you another recipe. Its been a while, so you deserve another one. Plus this recipe was a huge success and hit at the Thanksgiving party I attended. No wonder this recipe is one of David Lebovitz's all time favorites. Enjoy!
Raspberry Merlot Sorbet
aka Red Wine Raspberry Sorbet from Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz
I used a fruity merlot in this recipe which was complemented well by the tart raspberries. David suggests using a light and fruit wine such as Merlot, Zinfandel, or Beaujolais. For a lighter-tasting sorbet, use rosé in place of the red wine.
Place first three ingredients (sugar through wine) into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for one minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and add the raspberries. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer set over a medium bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mash the berries and push the juice through the sieve (keeping pressing until you a left with seeds and juice stops running). You can also use a food mill fitted with a fine disk.
Cover and refrigerate mixture until thoroughly chilled. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer sorbet to a container, place plastic or parchment over sorbet (to prevent ice crystals) and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.