We went to Paris earlier this year, which is my favourite place in the world by the way, but that’s not what I want to talk about. We decided that we would drive so that we could stop off at the ginormous Carrefour supermarket on the way home and fill the car with wine, beer, cheese and olives. I actually sometimes get more excited about this part than the holiday! Anyway, to say we bought a lot is an understatement, but average price of a bottle is about 2 euros so it’s worth it. I decided to treat myself to one bottle that was bit more pricy than the average, and I saved it for a special occasion. Well the occasion came to open the bottle and it was one of the most disappointing moments of my life. The wine was horrible! Actually that’s a bit harsh, but it was very very sweet. If anything it teaches me to learn French because once interpreted we discovered it was a dessert wine. Once I stopped sulking and mourning the loss of what I was hoping would be an amazing bottle of wine Sam suggested I get the ice cream maker out and turn it into a sorbet, and what a fantastic suggestion that was. The sorbet is crisp, refreshing and ridiculously tasty!
So, the morel of the story is…. if you get a wine wrong done poor it away, but make it into sorbet (hey that rhymes!)
– 250g caster sugar
– ½ pint water
– 3/4 pint sweet white wine
– Juice of 1 orange
– Juice of 1 lemon
In a saucepan mix together the sugar, water and wine, place on a medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved
Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until it has turned syrupy
Remove from the heat and leave to cool
When cool place in the fridge and chill for at least 3 hours, if not over night
When it has chilled completely add the citrus juices and then mix up in an ice cream maker, according to the instructions.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can still make this, you will just have to stir the mixture every 20 minutes or so.