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Test Kitchen: Cool off with wine sorbet

By Jessica Rodrigo
July 31, 2013 at 2:31 a.m.

A few bites of sangria sorbet will help cool you down and relax from a long week at work. This recipe  has a rich flavor that will make you wish it were fall already. Play with the ingredients to find a spice blend that works for your palate.

A few bites of sangria sorbet will help cool you down and relax from a long week at work. This recipe has a rich flavor that will make you wish it were fall already. Play with the ingredients to find a spice blend that works for your palate.

No lie - it's hot outside. It's hard to cool off sometimes, but luckily there are ice cream trucks driving about. Also, Dairy Treet sells homemade sherbet and buying snow cones in town is easy.

Then there is the other stuff that helps you cool off when the air conditioning isn't enough. I'm talking about an ice cold brew or a chilled glass of Moscato. But let's kick it up a notch. Let's make some wine sorbet, because I am more than certain a beer popsicle might be a little weird - or would it? I'll try it next time.

It can be hard for me to kill a bottle of wine by myself over the course of a few days - depending on the week's workload, that is. So, it's not unusual for me to find other ways to use up my wine: It might be a berry and plum pie spiked with merlot or fish cooked with a splash of chardonnay. Nonetheless, this heat is making me crave something cool.

This recipe makes for a rich, full-flavored dessert. I encourage you to experiment with the spices, though. If you've some fresh mint or rosemary, steep it in white wine and some melon to make a lighter sorbet.

Oh, and to make sure it doesn't just melt as soon as you serve it, give your bowls and spoons a quick rinse in cold water and throw them in the freezer. Throw a few glasses in there, too, for your wine or beer.

Have a recipe or a dish you want my to try? Email me at jrodrigo@vicad.com or tweet me via @eatseatseats. I'm always hungry.


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