strawberry sorbet

i bought my ice cream machine soon after we moved into our house in late may 2009. the very first thing i made was a basic vanilla ice cream made with milk and heavy cream (it took me a while to work up to custard based ice cream) and topped with fresh strawberries. soon after, i made this strawberry sorbet.

sorbet is the easiest frozen dessert you could ever make. juice some fruit, add some sugar and a splash of vodka, and freeze in your ice cream machine. super easy. and the flavor is incredible. i made mine from a quart of super ripe berries i got at the public market for a steal. apparently most people think ripe, super red strawberries are past their prime, rather than in it.

strawberry sorbet
adapted from david liebovitz, in the perfect scoop
1 hour prep, makes 3 cups

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and halved
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vodka
pinch of salt
  1. toss the strawberries with the sugar and vodka in a bowl. cover and let sit about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. pour the strawberry mixture into a blender and add a healthy pinch of salt. blend until smooth.
  3. refrigerate the mixture (in the blender carafe) until very cold, at least one hour, or overnight.
  4. process according to your ice cream maker instructions.
check out more sweet treats at sweet tooth friday & sweets for a saturday!

this recipe was selected by Alli as one of her top five favorites for sweet tooth friday!


  1. I've been heavily debating myself about whether or not I need to invest in an ice cream maker. But, then I see a recipe like this and I definitely want one. This looks beautiful and refreshing. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


  2. I recently received a gift card for Williams-Sonoma for my birthday and think that an ice cream maker is what I want to buy. I will need to bookmark this recipe for once I make the drive to their store an pick it up. This sorbet looks perfect for summer and so refreshing. Yummy!

  3. This looks amazing!! What should I use if i want to replace the vodka?

    1. You could replace it with another liquor or omit it completely. The vodka is there to keep it from freezing completely solid, so I can't guarantee it will be nice & soft if it's left out. But a five minute rest out of the freezer before scooping it will probably soften it enough, if you want to leave out the vodka.


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