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Raspberry Sorbet.This raspberry sorbet recipe combines fresh raspberries with orange juice, lemon juice and Grand Marnier to create a simply amazing sorbet. The orange juice softens the tartness of the raspberries while the Grand Marnier adds complexity to the finish. This is definitely the best raspberry sorbet I have ever had.


4 cups fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh orange juice (about 3 - 4 oranges)
1/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup Grand Marnier

Gently rinse and towel dry raspberries before puréeing the raspberries in a blender. Depending on the raspberries, you might notice a subtle sulfur smell after blending, but that always seems to go away. Now comes the fun part: remove the seeds. I use a chinois, wooden pestle and a little patience. You will be amazed at how many seeds are left over—I usually get about 1/4 cup seeds.

Juice oranges and lemons and pass juices through a sieve to remove seeds and pulp. Add juices and sugar to the raspberry purée and mix well until blended. Chill mixture in ice bath until colder than 45° F. Add Grand Marnier and stir to mix. Pour sorbet base into ice cream maker and freeze per your maker's instructions. Once sorbet has finished churning, transfer to dedicated container to ripen in freezer for several hours.

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  1. Comment from Jessie 
    8:09 AM   31-Mar-2009
    Would frozen raspberries work in this recipe? (thawed, of course)
    1. Response from Brian
      7:19 PM   03-Apr-2009
      Yes, frozen raspberries will be fine, but the flavor won't be as good as fresh. I bet most mass produced sorbets use frozen fruit since it is cheaper and easier to store.
  1. Comment from Daniel Robertson Reynolds 
    6:32 PM   16-Feb-2010
    Thanks--I'll be making this tonight!
  1. Comment from Bonnie Johnson 
    4:43 AM   23-Apr-2010
    I have a small Cuisinart 1.5 quart ice cream maker. Should I cut the recipe in half?

    This sounds wonderful. I am thinking of making it and serving it with a bit of shaved chocolate and on top.

    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    1. Response from Brian
      8:36 AM   23-May-2010
      If it is a pre-freeze canister model, start by halving the recipe. If there is room to spare and plenty of freeze left in the canister, you can make the full recipe.
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