Cherry Wine Sorbet | Thriftanista in the City


Cherry Wine Sorbet

I took a chance on a $7 thrift store ice cream / yogurt maker and it paid off in so many yummy ways. My new favorite is making wine sorbet. Fruit and wine are a match made in creamy, frozen treat heaven.

cherry wine sorbet

I'm usually a little leery of thrift store appliances. This ice cream maker was pretty dusty and sad looking when I spotted it at the thrift store. Sometimes people donate crap. I figure there must be a missing part or it doesn't work properly. The blazing heat of a hot summer day had me thinking I needed it in my life though.

I plugged it in at the store and it did turn on. I know nothing about how ice cream makers work so I brought it home to pig out on ice cream experimentations for further inspection. I cleaned it up then ran some of the parts through the dishwasher. I downloaded the instruction book online and got to work.

cherry sorbet

When I bought it, I was eating a vegan diet so I made a lot of vegan frozen desserts. Now that I'm off of the nightly wine, alcohol infused frozen treats are my new obsession! I can't stand to see perfectly good wine go bad so I find other uses for it like cherry wine sorbet.

Cherry Wine Sorbet

12 oz.  bag of frozen sweet cherries
½ cup wine
¼ cup sugar (I used a sweet riesling so I reduced the sugar a bit. For a drier wine, use a ½ cup.)
¼ cup water
squeeze of lemon


Step 1: Make a simple syrup by boiling cherries, sugar, and water together. Stir occasionally to release the cherry juice and melt the sugar. Turn heat to low for a 15 minute simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

fruit and wine sorbet

Step 2: Blend the cherry syrup with wine and a squeeze of lemon. Place mixture in the refrigerator until cold.

Step 3: Pour into ice cream maker and follow instructions of your ice cream maker. Using this one, only requires me to pour then allow the mixture to churn for 15 - 25 minutes.

small appliance ice cream maker from thrift store

Step 4: Transfer sorbet to airtight container and place in freezer so that it can harden up. You can eat it immediately but it becomes creamier if you allow some freezer time.

cherry riesling-white-wine-sorbet
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