Verjuice Mint Sorbet Recipe is made from verjus (the tart, unfermented juice of unripe wine grapes). Because it is made from the wine grapes, Verjus Mint Sorbet goes well with wine. This Verjus Mint Sorbet dessert is so easy to make and so refreshing. Verjuice or Verjus (pronounced Vair-Zhoo) literally means “green juice.”
It is an elegant and delicate alternative to both vinegar and lemon juice in cooking. In fact, chef’s like it because it does not conflict with their wine selection. Learn more about Verjus.
The beauty of sorbet lies in its simplicity. Sorbets are basically just frozen water or juice sweetened with fruit, chocolate, liqueur, wine, or even fresh herbs. They are similar to ice cream, but made without any dairy products. Sorbets were traditionally served as a palate cleanser between courses but is now eaten more commonly as a refreshing dessert. Fruit sorbets are a wonderful summer treat, and this Verjuice Mint Sorbet is perfect!
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- 1 cup sugar, granulated
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup mint leaves, fresh
- 1 1/2 cups Verjus*
- 2 tablespoons vodka
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water, and mint leaves. Stir until mixture comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved; reduce heat to low and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; place a fine strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through (straining out the mint leaves).
Add verjus and vodka to the strained syrup mixture; stir until thoroughly blended. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
The vodka (or any other type of alcohol) is the secret to a soft sorbet. Alcohol itself does not freeze and adding a little bit keeps the sorbet from doing the same. Vodka is excellent to use because it doesn't affect the taste.
Ice Cream Maker - Transfer mixture to ice cream maker, process according to manufacturer's instructions.
Freezer Method - Pour into container, cover, and place mixture in the freezer. When it is semi-solid, mash it up with a fork and refreeze again. When frozen, place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Cover and refreeze until serving time.
NOTE: Can be prepared 3 days in advance. Cover and keep frozen.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
* Verjus is found in specialty or wine stores. Learn more about Verjus.