Sorbet is the dairy-free cousin of ice cream. It’s made from sugar-sweetened liquid, often flavored with fresh fruit juices. That makes sorbet the ideal seasonal treat in which to use leftover or imperfect fruits. Some skill is required to achieve the smoothest, creamiest texture since no dairy products are involved, but each of these recipes has been tested for excellence. Plus, they boast big, bold flavors with fun fruit combinations. Ice cream who?
With an active time of only 25 minutes, this sorbet recipe from Food & Wine can be whipped up any day of the week! Chef and ice cream pro Fany Gerson suggests adding a bit of corn syrup or honey to give the sorbet a creamy consistency.
No fresh mangos at the supermarket? You can easily swap in frozen mangos to produce this slightly spicy and herbal sorbet from Kitchen Confidante, which means it’s achievable all year long! Consider doubling the ginger simple syrup recipe and adding a dash to your next Moscow mule.
If you’re short on time, skip peeling the peaches for this sorbet spritzer. You’ll end up with a darker orange dessert that will still taste fabulous! For the under-21 crowd, drop a scoop of this sorbet from Food for My Family into sparkling apple juice for a similar fizzy effect.
If you don’t live in an area where tart cherries grow or are sold, you can use a store-bought cherry juice to experience this northern flavor at home. You can choose to serve this dessert from This Heart of Mine soft by scooping immediately or you can allow it to firm up in the freezer for several hours.
Alton Brown’s recipe for this seasonal sorbet is designed as a “choose your own adventure” dessert: Each time you make it, you’re encouraged to play around with different quantities of summer berries and stone fruits to produce unique flavors. We recommend a combination of blackberry, nectarine, and peach!
Baker Zoë François spent years perfecting her sorbet to achieve the smoothest possible texture. Her trick? Add sugar to your sorbet mixture until a whole egg floats on the surface. You can add any fruit juice to this recipe from Zoë Bakes—just be sure to carefully follow Zoë’s measurements and method to produce a perfect final product.