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Sweet Sorbet

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Well, this is the last installment in our Valentine’s Day extravaganza – Blood orange sorbet! We started this series with delicious strawberry bacon waffles, gave you a love potion that can’t be beat, and now we’ll end with a sweet after-dinner treat.

I love blood oranges. I’m not sure if it’s because of the word “blood” or because they’re so unexpected when you cut into them, either way, they’re gorgeous. They’re a little more expensive than regular orange-oranges, but you’ll only need a couple for this recipe, and the results are worth it!

Sure, I could’ve made red velvet cupcakes, or chocolate petits fours.. but that’s boring; delicious, but boring. We’ve had a few hot days out here in California, and sorbet is the perfect treat for when you’re landlord hasn’t fixed your A/C and there’s no cross ventilation in your apartment and you’re sweating bullets. And it’s pink! Pink = Valentine’s Day.

Surprisingly, the BF already owned an ice cream maker before I met him. If only all men came with good kitchen equipment 😉 If you don’t own an ice cream maker, just pour the liquid in a Pyrex pan and every hour or so, scrape the semi-frozen liquid with a fork. You’ll get more of a granita effect, but it’ll taste the same.

  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 c blood orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla vodka
  1. Vigorously mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl, or container. Why vigorously? Because you want ALL of the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Why vodka? Well, as you know, vodka doesn’t freeze. So it keeps the sorbet soft, and creamy, and not hard and icy.
  3. If you’re using an ice cream maker, follow the directions that came with it. If you’re not using an ice cream maker, do what I said above: pour into a freezer-proof glass pan (like Pyrex,) and every hour, scrape the mixture with a fork until it’s all frozen and separated.

Sorbet is really easy to make, so if you’re planning on taking your loved one out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, you could have this ready for her/him when you get home. Homemade Valentine’s are the most precious; I don’t think I’ve ever bought the BF a card on Valentine’s Day…I always make him one. Do you have a Valentine yet? What?? You’ve only got three more days!!

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  1. Kristen says:

    Don’t these look gorgeous? What a great Valentine’s Day treat!

  2. Rachel says:

    Drooling! This looks so delicious…I’ll definitely be making it soon. I’ve been craving sorbet with this heat wave!