Serving up boozy citrus sorbet, because you win, winter! A few scoops of grapefruit orange blossom sorbet, a few scoops of vanilla, and a splash of elderflower liqueur. Feel better now? OK, theeeere you go 🙂
What’s the old adage? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em? Yep, that’s me. No more cozy soups and hiding under blankets. I’m going straight for the ice cream and the liquor cabinet. I’m making snow angels while sipping on boozy citrus sorbet slushies. Because who needs spring anyway?
Not us, that’s who. Are you with me? Your Boozy Citrus Sorbet doesn’t need booze. It’s just an optional splash for us less-classy folk. Elderflower syrup is equally delicious and probably more refined. But let’s use fancy glasses, k? Because if we are freezing our tushies off, we’re going to look fabulous doing it.
Since there’s literally nothing growing in the garden, I get to play with winter citrus. The colors and taste just brighten my spirit. I hope this recipe brightens up your spirit as well. Especially if you’re in the last stretch of winter, like me!
Boozy Citrus Sorbet: Grapefruit, Orange Blossom, & Vanilla with Elderflower Liqueur
This recipe was inspired by my sweet mama. In my early 20s, she handed me a bowl with a scoop of vanilla, a scoop of raspberry sorbet, and a splash of raspberry liqueur, and I was smitten. Sweet, tart, aromatic, bright, and slightly bitter. I love me a complex flavor profile with multiple elements.
So, I set off to create something similar with this boozy citrus sorbet. Because citrus is in season, it was an obvious choice. Oranges get a lot of attention, but I’m a sucker for pink grapefruit. Grapefruit sparkling water? Yep. Grapefruit lip balm? You bet your bottom. Grapefruit face wipes? Never felt so fresh and so clean. Plus, pink just makes me feel fancy.
And if pink makes me feel fancy, flowers make me feel classy AF. It’s no secret I love incorporating floral flavors in recipes. Enter orange blossom, floral honey, and elderflower (liqueur or syrup). Don’t be surprised if your pinky unexplainably raises itself while enjoying this treat.
Finally, choose your favorite vanilla ice cream. This one is totally up to you, but don’t skip it, and I highly suggest an ice cream with high-quality vanilla and minimal ingredients. My favorite uses Madagascar vanilla and only has 5 ingredients. Vanilla, real vanilla, has one of the most complex flavor profiles with at least 250 different flavor and aroma compounds. It’s a perfect pairing with the boozy citrus sorbet.
May your winters be filled with snow angels and brightened by boozy citrus sorbet slushies.
Boozy Citrus Sorbet
Grapefruit Orange Blossom Sorbet
- 3 cups fresh-squeeze grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup honey*
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar* or cane sugar
- 1/4 cup tapioca syrup or corn syrup
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water
Boozy Citrus Sorbet Frozen Cocktail
- Grapefruit Citrus Orange Blossom Sorbet
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Elderflower Liqueur or syrup
Grapefruit Orange Blossom Sorbet
- Combine 1 cup grapefruit juice, honey, coconut sugar, and tapioca syrup in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the remaining 2 cups grapefruit juice and orange blossom water.
- Chill mixture thoroughly, then freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Scoop sorbet into a storage container. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.
Boozy Citrus Sorbet Treat
- Combine 2 scoops grapefruit orange blossom sorbet, 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, and a splash of elderflower liqueur. Serve immediately.