Recipe Redux – Cherry Berry Cabernet Sorbet

CherryBerrySorbet1This month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about spirits. Adding liquors, spirits, beer and wine in recipes can have a dramatic impact on the flavor. I often add white wine when making pasta sauces, and have even added red wine to chili on occasion. But I’ve never done much experimenting on my own when it comes to dessert.

My brother-in-law loves to make all kinds of uniquely flavored ice creams. Several years ago he made a Cabernet Sorbet that was amazing. I love a good sorbet, particularly if it is made with any type of berry. So it was the perfect chance for me to recreate it, not to mention put my ice cream maker to good use (I forget how easy it is to do!). I think I could even make it with less sugar next time.

This is the perfect summer dessert showcasing summer’s best fruits, but for adults only, however. The cherries and mix of berries (I used strawberries and blackberries) pair perfectly together, and the Cabernet adds a depth of flavor, reminiscent of a really good Sangria.



Cherry Berry Cabernet Sorbet
You can use any mix of berries in this recipe. With cherries, I used strawberries and blackberries.
  • 2 cups mix of cherries and berries
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites
  1. In a food processor, puree the cherries and berries. Add the water, Cabernet, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix until well blended.
  2. Meanwhile whisk the egg whites until soft peaks are beginning to form. Fold into the berry mixture and combine well. Chill mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Put mixture into an ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturers instructions.
Frozen berries may be used in place of fresh. Just be sure to thaw first. This is an adult only dessert!

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  • sarah

    Yumm, this sounds delicious, especially during these hot summer months! I actually have a frozen bag of fruit thats a mix of cherries and berries..too funny!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Oh yum – i’ve always wanted to try a wine based frozen dessert – and this looks divine!

  • Yum! That looks amazing and super easy to make too!

  • Love the wine sorbet idea! Such an easy, yet fancy treat. Would be great for a cocktail party

  • YUM! This sounds so fancy, but easy enough to pull together. Great way to impress friends with dessert

  • Oh wow… this sounds amazing. And love that you used the pasteurized egg whites. I bet that really smoothes out the texture of the sorbet.

  • JB

    Where would one find pasteurized egg whites? I’ve never seen them in stores.

  • anndunawayteh

    My grocery store carries them next to the eggs and all of the egg replacers. If you see containers of plain egg whites, they are generally pasteurized, but check the label to be sure.

  • anndunawayteh

    It definitely does, Regan! I’ll have to try it with other recipes too.

  • anndunawayteh

    Frozen berries work perfectly! And easier to get a fun blend of flavors. Thanks!

  • anndunawayteh

    It is, Deanna! You just can’t use too much wine or alcohol or it will never freeze. thanks!

  • anndunawayteh

    thank you!

  • anndunawayteh

    Most definitely! Thanks!

  • anndunawayteh

    Yes, thanks!