Gin & Pink Grapefruit Sorbet


Hot, isn’t it? Yes yes. Very hot. At times like these, a sorbet in the house is a life-saver. I’ve been standing in front of the freezer door, the chilly mist spreading over my face, eating this straight from the tub. It’s wonderful.

I am often of the opinion that recipes can be improved, flavour-wise, with a touch of alcohol. In the case of sorbet though, it has the added benefit of smoothing the texture, as it lowers the freezing point making the sorbet easier to scoop. How many times have you made a sorbet, frozen it a while, then removed the tub to find a rock hard block of ice? Yeah. The egg whites make things lighter and the filtered water is as pure as you like. Churn on!

Gin and Pink Grapefruit Sorbet Recipe

Juice of 3 grapefruits
Juice of 1 orange
225g caster sugar
2 egg whites (or just one if your eggs are large, mine were very small)
100ml gin

Put the sugar in a saucepan with 450ml BRITA filtered water. Bring to the boil, cook for 5 minutes, then allow to cool completely.

Juice the grapefruits and orange, then strain through a sieve into the cooled syrup. Stir in the gin. Whip the egg white to stiff peaks in a clean, dry bowl, then mix into the liquid using a metal spoon. Transfer to an ice cream maker and churn. Freeze for a few hours before serving.

I created this recipe for the Better with BRITA campaign. 

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    Reply Jill July 2, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Bring on the heat! This is so delicious! The recipe is a ‘keeper’. Any advice on stopping the egg white separating from the juice and syrup? I ‘ve had to keep stirring it whilst it’s in the freezer. Maybe my ice-cream maker is just not cold enough for long enough?

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      Reply Helen July 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Jill, well it sits on the top while it’s in the ice cream maker, right until the end when it starts to incorporate. Do you mean when it’s actually in the freezer though? That’s honestly never happened to me. Um, if that’s what you mean I’ll try to find out.

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        Reply Jill July 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        A few extra stirrings whilst in the freezer and it is fine! Solid, well-combined, and easy to scoop. Probably I overloaded the rather small ice-cream maker and it didn’t make enough ice crystals to hold things together. The only problem now is to hold off scoffing the lot before sharing it with ‘other half’!

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          Reply Helen July 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

          Ha! Excellent news. Another sorbet crisis averted.

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    Reply A Spoonful of Spain July 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Wow – these look and sound to die for! Definitely will be picking up some grapefruits next time I’m at the supermarket! 🙂

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