Raspberry-Campari Sorbet Recipe

Raspberry Campari Sorbet
Photograph: Max Falkowitz

If you like your desserts more tart than sweet, this sorbet is for you. And if you're a little addicted to the pleasantly bitter taste of Campari, this sorbet is really for you. It's more tart than sweet with a bitter kick that makes for an especially clean-tasting sorbet.

Though this recipe is really about making raspberry sorbet taste more like raspberries. Campari replaces some of the fruit's bitterness that gets lost when making sorbet. The end result tastes a little like Campari, but mostly like the fruit itself.

You might be temped to skip the small amount of orange zest in the recipe, but don't. Its sweetness brings the raspberry and Campari together far better than they would on their own.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 36 ounces (5 1/2 cups) rinsed raspberries

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons Campari

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest from 1 orange

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or to taste


  1. In a blender combine raspberries, sugar, water and Campari. Blend on medium until raspberries are completely pureed, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a measuring cup, pressing on strainer with a spoon to separate juice from seeds. Measure out 3 cups of puree and discard remainder.

  2. Transfer puree to a mixing bowl and stir in orange zest, then add salt, followed by lemon to taste. Cover mixture and chill in refrigerator until very cold, about 2 hours, and churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer sorbet to an airtight container and chill in freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.

Special Equipment

Ice cream maker, blender or food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
1g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 34mg 168%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 194mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)