Sweet Summer Berry and Wine Sorbet
I have never been a big wine drinker, but last summer I discovered a local winery that I absolutely love. Island Grove Wine Company makes two varieties of 100% blueberry wines as well as several flavors of fruit-flavored grape and blueberry wines. My favorite flavors are Sorta Sweet blueberry wine, Blueberry Moscato, and the limited edition Holiday Cranberry & Pomegranate wine that they only produce around the winter holidays. Yes, I love my wine sweet!
When I got a good yield from my backyard blueberry bushes this year, I knew I had to make something in the ice cream machine with them. Then I saw the Sweet Berry Wine Sorbet recipe from Scoop Adventures, and I got the idea to use the Island Grove wine. I selected Sorta Sweet for this berry sorbet recipe, which I modified from the Scoop Adventures recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups Island Grove Sorta Sweet blueberry wine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 Tbsp. light rum
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
- Heat first five ingredients to just short of boiling, while stirring, to melt sugar.
- Remove from heat and add berries and rum. Mash with potato masher and let the macerated berry mixture cool for 5-10 minutes. Place saucepan in an ice bath to chill further.
- When cooled, pour into blender and purée.
- Pour puréed mixture into another bowl through a mesh strainer, to strain out the berry skin and seeds. Scrape the strainer with a rubber spatula to push the liquid through, then discard the skins and seeds.
- Chill the mixture thoroughly in the fridge.
- Whisk in the xanthan gum just before churning according to your machine's instructions.
- It took the full 30 minutes in my machine and was still pretty slushy. The consistency was great after freezing for several hours.