Frenchie and the Blueberry-Merlot Sorbet

21 Jun

If June 21 rhymes with summer and solstice, then blueberry must rhyme with merlot! To celebrate summer, the sun (finally ?!) and the longest day of the year, I went on a sorbet marathon last night and made a grape-Champagne sorbet, a lemon sorbet and this blueberry-merlot sorbet.

There is something about mixing fruits with wine, eating them puréed and frozen that just brings a certain summer warmth into your life. It’s part of what I call “sunny pleasures” – when summer relaxation is at its peak and you get to enjoy the delicious essences of summer fruits when it’s hot outside.

Fruity, flavorful, light and refreshing. Home-made sorbets are the ultimate summer desserts adding a rainbow of color to your freezer and table at the end of a petit dîner d’été.

A perfect round scoop of a satiny and smooth sorbet will delightedly cool anyone looking for a thirst-quenching invigorating frozen summer thrill down the spine. Here’s to summer!

Blueberry- Merlot Sorbet

2 cups (200 g) of fresh blueberries

3/4 cup (180 ml) of water or wine – depending how strong you like your sorbet

1 cup (190 g) of sugar

1 cup (240 ml) of red wine (Merlot)

the juice of 1 lemon

In a heavy saucepan, combine the blueberries, the sugar and water (or wine). Bring to a boil stirring constantly to help the sugar dissolve. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, let stand aside until completely cool.

When cool, transfer to a mixer or food processor and combine the blueberry mixture with the wine and the lemon juice. Process until smooth. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.

Pour the mixture in an ice cream maker and process until frozen depending on the machine and manufacturer. Put the sorbet in a container and freeze. Make the sorbet 1 day ahead if possible before serving.


6 Responses to “Frenchie and the Blueberry-Merlot Sorbet”

  1. amelia from z tasty life June 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM #

    sounds indeed like a “sunny pleasure”! happy longest day of the year…looks like you are celebrating it in full swing


    • D'Santo June 21, 2011 at 1:34 PM #

      I am sure the sorbet would go very well with you chocolate/cherry crostata!


      • Dennis June 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM #

        Thanks for postiing your site on Devra’s chat today. I am looking forward to checking it out completely! It looks really nice.


      • D'Santo June 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM #

        Thanks Dennis. Welcome to the site! Feel free to sign up so you never miss a post. Any feedback is appreciated too. Enjoy!


    • Keydrick December 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM #

      Damn, I wish I could think of something smart like that!



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    […] I wish I could post all recipes and pictures of the strawberry-black raspberry clafoutis I made. Or the blueberry-pistachio cake. Or the summer fruit verrines with a strawberry compote. Or the almond paste two-raspberry tart. This also reminds me that I should make a blueberry sorbet. […]


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