Posted by: acooksca | 09/04/2009

Zinfandel and Berry Sorbet

Zinfandel and Berry Sorbet

Zinfandel and Berry Sorbet

You can make a sorbet with any wine by understanding a few simple tips. Alcohol inhibits freezing. Cooking wine over heat, however, denatures the wine and it will loose its bright flavor. By adding the wine to a hot liquid off the fire the alcohol is encouraged to evaporate gently.

Once chilled the natural sugars in the wine will be so muted it will taste too tart, so don’t stint on the sugar water in the recipe. Taste the sorbet mixture before you freeze it and be sure it is just a little too sweet…to be about right once frozen.

Adding berries will improve the final texture, making the sorbet smoother, less icey. Any type of berry will do if it is ripe and tasty to begin with.

And lastly, If you taste the frozen sorbet and it isn’t fruity or sweet enough, check your liquor cabinet and splash the sorbet with a little fruit liqueur, cassis, grenadine…you can do this at the table as you serve for a little extra flare.

6 ounces of water
4 ounces of sugar
12 ounces of Zinfandel or other full bodied red wine
8 ounces (about ½ cup) strawberries or other berries, fresh or frozen thawed

Heat the water and the sugar in a non-aluminum sauce pan over medium to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes to reduce volume. Remove from heat, stir in the wine and let rest in the sauce pan until completely cool. This helps evaporate the alcohol which inhibits freezing.

Puree the berries and pass through a strainer to remove any skins or seeds. Combine with the wine mixture and chill well in the refrigerator or overnight.

If you have an ice cream maker, follow the directions for your machine and make the sorbet. It doing this by hand, freeze the mixture in a flat pan. Once frozen, chop into chunks and give it a few quick pulses in a food processor to loosen the texture. Be sure to stop before it melts, or serve it as a wine “slushy”.

Serve in a chilled wine glass with a long spoon or in a bowl garnished with fresh fruit. Serve cookies or biscotti along side the wine sorbet.


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