Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ménage à Trois Sorbet

Ménage à Trois Sorbet
Alright, get your mind out of the gutter first!  Although the French term "Ménage à Trois" can be used as a fancy way of saying you had a little fun in the bedroom with some extra guests last night, I'm using it today as a tribute to my favorite wine and the three beautiful berries I paired it with to make a scrumptious summer sorbet!
Ménage à Trois is a California Red wine that celebrates the three delicious flavors of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot wines as one varietal.  It also bursts with flavors of blackberries and raspberries to give it a light and fruity flavor.  It's perfect for just about anything and fantastic for this fabulous dessert!
In sticking with the "threesome" theme, I used three berries to accent the flavor of the wine and to keep it sweet and summery.  Black cherries, blackberries and raspberries are blended with just a bit of simple syrup, some lemon juice and an extra pinch of sugar to make this an incredible summertime treat.
 You don't need an ice cream maker, but it sure does speed up the process.  You can get an ice cream maker at just about any department store for around $50.  If I have one summertime kitchen equipment recommendation, it's an ice cream maker.  Enjoy at your own risk. 

Oh, did I mention that this dessert is also FAT FREE?!  Yep.  Do it.

Ménage à Trois Sorbet

Prep Time: 30 minutes / Cook Time: 5 minutes / Servings: 4

  • 1 cup Ménage à Trois California Red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup frozen black cherries (pitted)
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Helpful Hints:  Costco has the Ménage à Trois wine for under $10.  Trader Joe's sells a bag of frozen fruit that has blackberries, cherries, raspberries and blueberries.  You could just use a whole bag of this and it would come out just fine too!

    1. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar.  Stir on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and a simple syrup is created.  Remove from heat and cool in freezer for about 10 minutes.
    2. In a blender or food processor, combine wine, simple syrup, frozen fruit, remaining sugar (1/4 cup), and lemon juice.  Blend on high speed for about 2 minutes until everything is smooth and combined.
    3. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions for sorbet.  If you're not using an ice cream maker, transfer the mixture to a glass 9x7 baking dish, cover, and stir every 30 minutes until the mixture is frozen and sorbet texture is reached (about 2-3 hours).
    Ménage à Trois Sorbet

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