Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Serve this tart sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses, or as a light dessert with whipped cream and candied ginger.

Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet

About This Recipe

Yield:6 (makes about 3 1/2 cups)
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:ice cream maker, blender
This recipe appears in: The Science of the Best Sorbet 10 Ice Cream Recipes That Use Fall and Winter Fruit Scooped: Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet


  • 24 ounces (two bags) cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups filtered or bottled water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest and juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 cup Lillet Rouge
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste


  1. 1

    Combine cranberries and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook covered until cranberries pop and liquid becomes syrupy, about four minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sugar, and let cool for five minutes.

  2. 2

    Purée with an immersion or a bar blender in batches. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove fibers and seeds. Do not press syrup through strainer—fibers will fall through. Just shake back and forth over bowl until syrup passes through.

  3. 3

    Stir in lemon juice, zest, and Lillet Rouge. Add salt to taste, then cover and chill base in refrigerator until very cold, three to four hours. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve as soft-serve, or transfer to freezer for two or three hours to harden.


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