Sorbet + Booze: Champagne with Grapefruit-Elderflower Sorbet

I don't know about where you are, but these last few days in DC have started to feel like the dead of summer.  Maybe hotter than the dead of summer.  This weather inspired me to pull out my ice cream maker, which I feel like is the quintessential home appliance that you receive when you get married and then never, ever use.  Am I right?  So, I've finally been putting mine to use lately by making sorbets. And you know what I've discovered goes really, really well with sorbet?  Booze.  Sorbet keeps a boozy drink refreshingly chilly, and because it's packed full of flavor and sweetness, sorbet releases pure deliciousness as it slowly melts into your drink.  In fact, I think it goes so well that I've decided to put my regularly scheduled programming on hold to dedicate an entire week to delicious sorbet + booze combos.  AND...I made a graphic!

sorbet + booze graphic

First up is a ridiculously refreshing, easy-drinkin' champagne cocktail that is perfect for brunch or a dinner alfresco.  Be sure to check out all the recipes and combinations from this glorious week of sorbet + booze:

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Grapefruit-Elderflower Sorbet

1-1/4 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
Zest of 2 Ruby Red Grapefruits
1-1/4 cup Grapefruit Juice
3 tbsp St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur*

Stirring frequently, dissolve sugar in water over medium-high heat to create a simple syrup.
Whisk zest into simple syrup.
Add grapefruit juice and liqueur.
Chill until cool.
Freeze in ice cream maker according to directions.

*Not only does the liqueur add a delicious but subtle flavor, a little alcohol in the sorbet ensures a slushier texture that won't freeze into an unmanageable block of ice.



1 scoop Grapefruit-Elderflower Sorbet
6 oz Sparkling Wine

Pour sparkling wine over sorbet in a champagne flute.

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  1. if i were to make any of these recipes sans alcohol (lame, i know), would i just omit the alcohol or would i add water to make up for it?

    not that i have a working stove right now.

    1. I emailed separately, but for the benefit of anyone reading the comments, the alcohol in the sorbet itself doesn't add booziness. It's mostly there to keep it from freezing solid.

  2. wow! This looks phenomenal! I must try it this weekend!

  3. I want to drink this right now. It was 95 here at 10 a.m. Ridiculous.

    1. Ew. You deserve a glass of sorbet-adorned champagne!


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