Citizens, raspberry sorbet is easily one of my favorite desserts. Sweet, bracing and ice-cold, it also makes a great palate cleanser between courses of a rich meal.
The word “sorbet” is derived from the Arab word “Sharbat” (fragrant mashed fruit drink). However, the root is also present in such Indo-European languages as Greek and Persian for example. The English word “sherbet” entered English directly from the Turkish in the early 17th century.
Other folklore holds that Nero, the Roman Emperor, invented sorbet during the first century AD when he had runners along the Appian way pass buckets of snow hand over hand from the mountains to his banquet hall where it was then mixed with honey and wine.
My version ups the raspberry quotient by using Chambord, a fantastic French liqueur that is the very essence of raspberry flavor! It also provides the happy side effect that the sorbet remains soft due to the (very low) alcohol content. You won’t taste any booze in this, I promise!
I also use the eccentric but delicious touch of fresh lime juice instead of lemon juice to offset the sweetness of the fruit and sugar.
This is an easy and delicious treat that I hope you will try, Citizens! :)
Battle on – The Generalissimo
4 cups fresh raspberries (about 1 pound)
1 cup water
½ cup Chambord
5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Mint leaves for garnish
Puree raspberries in a food processor until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and press on the solids to extract all the juice.
Combine water, Chambord, lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir the syrup into the fruit puree. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours.
Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve and garnish with a mint leaf or two.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the mixture in a shallow metal cake pan or ice cube trays until solid, about 6 hours.
Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.