One of the more unusual alcoholic sorbets I've made is this delicious sloe gin sorbet

mulled wine flavor sorbetRecipe for Homemade Mulled Wine Sorbet

Strictly for adults only! Ideal for in winter and at Christmas.


4 oz (100g) sugar or caster sugar
2/3 pint (300ml) water
3/4 pint (375ml) red wine
juice from 2 oranges
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-2 sticks cinammon according to taste
4 cloves
2 tablespoons redcurrant or cranberry jelly

Method: Into a pan put the sugar and water and heat through very gently, stirring all the time, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Then simmer the mixture until it thickens (takes a few minutes). Place to one side. Into another pan pour the red wine and orange juice and stir in all the spices and redcurrant or cranberry jelly. Heat gently, stirring all the time. When the jelly has fully dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil. Then pour through a strainer into the syrup mixture in the first pan so that all the solids are removed. Stir well and leave to cool, then refrigerate for 2-3 hours minimum. When thoroughly chilled, transfer the complete mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Serves 8-10

If you like wine in ice cream, you might also like this white wine sorbet. It's ideal for celebrating special occasions - again adults only as it is made with real white wine. A non-alcoholic and fruity alternative is to make a rhubarb sorbet - try this delicious recipe - it produes a fabulous pink ice cream!

To read more on ice cream sorbets click here and learn about the importance of a good syrup mixture and using fresh ingredients. If you are new to ice cream making then you might find my pages about basic hygiene rules, how to store ice cream and my measuring guide useful. Find them on the Ice Cream > Making Ice Cream tab.