Cosmopolitan (cranberry) sorbet – ICE CREAM NATION

Cranberries are in season, we’ve a brand new 12 months to have a good time and for those who lengthy for some tangy and barely much less candy fare after all of the candy Christmas stuff – why not take a look at a Cosmopolitan sorbet?

The Cosmopolitan (or just “Cosmo”) is a traditional cocktail, though its historical past (like a lot else of culinary historical past) stays a matter of debate. The trendy reputation is in no small half because of the American romantic comedy “Intercourse and the Metropolis“: the main girls all the time appeared to finish up with Cosmopolitans of their arms after they have been out partying.

Nice Cosmo followers: “Intercourse and the Metropolis” main girls Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon).

The Cosmopolitan sorbet: not as boozy as you’d assume

One of many major difficulties with alcohol in frozen desserts is that it have an effect on the consistency and makes it more durable for the ice cream to freeze correctly (the latter could be a good factor, but when you find yourself with slush that by no means freezes …). One other disadvantage is after all that not everybody need to have alcohol of their desserts.

This recipe, intently based mostly on one by Morfudd Richards (of Lola’s on Ice-fame), treads a center manner: there may be some alcohol (vodka, as within the cocktail) however a few of it’s sure to evaporate throughout the making. And as an alternative of including any Cointreau or Triple sec liqueur, we are going to merely add a little bit lime juice and orange juice! And cranberries, after all!

Cranberries are naturally bitter and loads of sugar is usually added when they’re changed into juice. Our sorbet – product of recent cranberries – will stay moderately tangy and refreshing, so in case you are in search of one thing markedly extra candy you’ll both need to up the instructed sugar content material or ponder a distinct recipe. Judging by the reactions in my family, that is clearly a moderately “grownup” flavour and would – very similar to the cocktail – most likely not go down too nicely you probably have hate issues bordering the bitter facet 😉 .

For ice cream makers, one other benefit of cranberries is that they arrive fairly filled with pectin (gelatin’s vegetable “cousin”): one thing which is able to assist guaranteeing a pleasant and steady consistency!

Getting ready the sorbet

Begin by rinsing the cranberries. Put them in a shallow pan and add the water, the vodka and the sugar.

Convey near the boiling level. Then flip down the warmth and let simmer for about 5 minutes till you hear the cranberries pop (sure – they actually do!).

Then take off from the warmth, let settle down and put every thing in a blender and purée away!



Should you don’t thoughts some residue cranberry items in your sorbet, the bottom is nearly completed now. Should you favor your sorbet easy, nevertheless, do cross the puréed base by way of a sieve.

Now, add the lime and the orange juice. When you have the time, depart the bottom to sit back in your fridge for a few hours or so earlier than churning it.

Utilizing lime juice and orange juice mimics the cocktail’s flavours (the orange half normally caused by orange flavoured liqueur).


Freshly churned cranberry sorbet!

A refreshingly tangy sorbet to get pleasure from in fashion


Cranberry lovers are assured to be happy, and the comparatively small quantity of alcohol concerned mustn’t trigger you any hassle both (except you find yourself consuming large quantities, after all). True to its cocktail roots, the sorbet ought to attraction to all of us who like issues a bit tangy and on the bitter facet. [which meant that this was one of those flavours that divided my family 😉  ] The consistency can also be very good however for those who plan on protecting it within the freezer for an extended time although, bear in mind to carry it out about 15- 20 minutes earlier than serving!

So, as a pleasant, grownup distinction to all these overly candy issues you’ve gotten grown uninterested in by now – why not give the Cosmo sorbet a attempt? 


Cosmopolitan sorbet



  • 400 gram recent cranberries
  • 400 ml (1.7 cup) water
  • 100 ml (2/5 cup) vodka
  • 200 gram sugar
  • about ½ lime’s price of juice
  • about 2 tablespoons recent orange juice
  1. Rinse the cranberries, put them in a shallow pan along with the water, the vodka and the sugar.
  2. Convey to only beneath the boiling level, stir, then cut back the warmth and simmer till you hear the cranberries pop (ought to most likely take about 5 minutes or so).
  3. Enable to chill, then however in a blender and purée.
  4. [If you like your sorbets smooth, strain the purée]
  5. Add the lime juice and the orange juice.
  6. Ideally let the bottom chill in your fridge, then churn in your ice cream machine (or still-freeze in your freezer).


– One other spherical of Cosmos? Actually?! We’d higher stick with the sorbet any further!


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