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Raspberry Sorbet with citrus and Grand Marnier

Raspberry Sorbet.This raspberry sorbet recipe combines fresh raspberries, orange juice, lemon juice and Grand Marnier to create an amazing sorbet you will want to keep all to yourself. Nevertheless, I did make a double batch for a potluck at work several years ago and received many compliments and an empty container.

Each ingredient in this recipe has a job to do. The lemon juice promotes the taste of freshness while the orange juice softens the tartness of the raspberries. To finish it off, the Grand Marnier adds complexity to the finish while keeping the sorbet on the soft side in the freezer. This is definitely the best raspberry sorbet I have ever had.

This recipe is based heavily on the raspberry sorbet recipe from Lou Seibert Pappas’ book, Sorbets and Ice Creams: and Other Frozen Confections. I highly recommend this book; all the recipes have ingredient lists you could count on one hand, with the word “fresh” preceding nearly every ingredient. I have slightly upped the Grand Marnier and substituted Meyer lemons since I like the Grand Marnier to show through just a tiny bit. And as for the Meyer lemons—that’s just the way I roll.

I prefer a silky smooth sorbet so I strain the pulp from the lemon and orange juices, but you could skip this step if you like a little pulp. Removing the seeds from the raspberries is a must—I measured the leftover seeds in the chinois this time and found that 4 cups of raspberries contain just over 1/4 cup of seeds. The next time I make strawberry ice cream I’ll be sure to measure the leftover seeds in the chinois as there were a lot of seeds. I understand that most people use a chinois for soups and sauces, but in the ten years I have owned a chinois it has yet to swallow a savory food. If you don’t have a chinois—which is understandable as they can be a little pricey—you can use a mesh sieve.

I served these with a lemon Loacker wafer, which highlighted the subtle lemon flavor in the sorbet. I tossed in a few raspberries for the photo, but they just got in the way of my spoon as it went in for more sorbet.

Ingredients for making Raspberry Sorbet.

Rinse raspberries in cool water and gently towel dry.

Purée raspberries in blender until smooth, about one minute.

Pour raspberry purée into chinois to remove seeds.

Juice about three oranges to yield 1 cup of orange juice.

Juice about two lemons to yield 1/3 cup of lemon juice.

Add sugar to juices and raspberry purée and mix until well blended.

After chilling in ice bath and adding Grand Marnier, pour mixture into ice cream maker.

Freeze according to your maker’s instructions and then transfer to dedicated container to ripen in freezer.

The recipe pictured above, with detailed instructions and complete photo gallery, can be found on the Raspberry Sorbet recipe page.

  • Just beautiful. The color of that sorbet is just stunning. It doesn’t look too hard to make, yet I doubt mine would come out even close to your amazing result.

  • Thanks Cheryl! I’m kind of bummed with hues in the final plated photo (never mind the super flat lighting–ughh). I think if you didn’t have a good sieve or chinois getting the seeds out would be a chore, but otherwise it is a pretty simple recipe like a lot of sorbets are. Did I mention it’s also fat free?

  • I have been looking out for a raspberry sorbet recipe for a while and this looks perfect. One question though, as it will be almost impossible to keep my 6 year old “princess” away from anything coloured such a beautiful pink can you recommend a non-alcoholic alternative to the Gran Marnier?

  • Hi Laura, the flavor of alcohol wasn’t even noticed by my kids (5 and 8), but if you are concerned it can simply be omitted or replaced with equal part orange juice or maybe an exotic juice like guava or papaya (just thinking out loud). Complexity and softness (free from iciness) are the main functions of the alcohol here.

  • Thanks for that Brian will probably go with the Gran Marnier, just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t put her over the limit with her dessert!

  • Yousef Salem

    Brian, I, too, reside in the Bay Area – Sunnyvale, to be precise. I am a Muslim and cannot have anything with alcohol and thus cannot use Gran Marnier or other orange liquer even if it is boiled since all the alcohol never evaporates. I would like to make this fantastic dessert, and perhaps an equivalent to a Gran Marnier souffle. Is there a non-alcohol equalivalent to Gran Marnier? There are many non-alcohol wines that can be used for sauces and gravies but I have not been able to find a non-alcohol orange “liquer”. Thanx Yousef

  • Hi Yousef, the sorbet will be fine without the alcohol. I’m not aware of any non-alcoholic equivalents, and even orange extract usually contains alcohol. There is already plenty of orange juice in this recipe, so using orange juice concentrate (a commonly recommended substitute) won’t really change anything. For the souffle, I think it will be harder, as the flavors in that are surely much more delicate than in this raspberry sorbet. Best of luck!