Strawberry Sorbet

Living in a tropical country with nearby high altitude farms does have its perks. I get to experience skin-scorching hot weather, that might cause me to develop freckles prematurely. And I get a whole lot of fresh produce within 2 hours drive from my home and office. My business partner started a community based strawberry farming to maintain steady supply of strawberries to our bakeries. We provide fertilizers, seeds, seedling, bags. In return, we get to buy a portion of each farmer’s harvest every day. I have been silly not to use strawberries more in my cooking and baking.

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a box of strawberries, again, thinking I would make strawberry pie. Weeks gone by, and the fridge I used to store these are our backup fridge. Yeah, my mother needs two fridges. At some point last year, we actually got three. And there are four of us in the house with three fridges. So the backup fridge doesn’t get opened very often daily. When I checked a couple of days ago, I was shocked that I completely forgot about the berries. Okay what’s the fastest way to use these frozen and overipe berries?

Summer. Strawberries. Sorbet. Those three words sum up the whole thing rather nicely,  don’t you think? I got my recipe inspirations from various recipes. Some recipes calls for more sugar, but my berries were already passed the expiration date, so I am not sure that’s the way to go. Then I read a recipe with some lemon slices. Sweet and sour are always my thing. And a dash of alcoholic beverage would smooth up the sorbet. There you go. This becomes a hit at home. It doesn’t taste like sorbet, with frozen juice and all. It almost has the consistency of an actual ice cream. I swear.

Combine berries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. Keep refrigerated for an hour.

When it is cool enough, and ready to go to the next level, the berries would be watery.

Combine berries, lemon pieces and vodka into a blender. Process till smooth. I don’t mind the seeds. Or may I rephrase, I was heading out, didn’t have time to strain the seeds out.

Transfer to ice-cream maker bowl and process according to manufacturer’s instructions.


Strawberry Sorbet


500 g strawberries, washed and hulled
150 g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp vodka
1/2 lemon, peeled and chopped


Combine strawberries, sugar, salt and lemon juice in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Transfer strawberries into a blender. Add vodka and chopped lemon.
Process till smooth. Strain off seeds if desired
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
Transfer to airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.

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13 Responses to “Strawberry Sorbet”

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    daphne — June 26, 2011 @ 5:01 am

    Oh the beautiful seductive red. I agree that the addition of vodka just brings it to the next level!

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    Pierre — June 26, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Oh wow, you could source such good looking berries in Indo?
    I usually like to blend my left-over berries with intention to make icy things but the outcome of being in my belly before it gets to the chiller. Hahaha.
    I never seen any ice-cream machine in Indo before.

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    Cooking gallery — June 26, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    I’ve never tried making sorbet myself! This looks so refreshing and delicious!

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    Sasha — June 26, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    wowww, the colour is so beautifully vibrant! Looks absolutely delicious :)

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    Mrs Ergül — June 27, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    While I have no access to fresh strawberries that are 2 hours away, I really like the small Korean strawberries we get here. with the insanely hot weather yesterday, I will like to have two servings of your sorbet, please!

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    Holly Rose — June 27, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    Yum Jun!! This sorbet looks so dainty and fresh! I love the gorgeous bright colours!! x

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    Samantha — June 27, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    this is perfect, I have an abundance of strawberries that I picked yesterday (seriously hard work to fill up a huge box of strawberries. I plan to freeze some and figure out what to do with them later…So glad I found this. Also, we have 2 refrigerators and there are only 2 people living there!

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) — June 27, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Ohh how I love strawberries! I just made strawberry ice cream a while ago! I’m not into sorbet but my husband is…so I would love to try making this for him! Looks so refreshing!

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    Nami @ Just One — June 27, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Vodka! Interesting! I bought my ice cream maker last week and we must try your strawberry sorbet! Bookmarking~~~. Thanks for the recipe!

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    kankana — June 28, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    I don’t like Sorbet at all. but you added vodka and that surely caught my attention ;) Love the styling in the photo .

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    Quyen - Kitchen Runway — July 14, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    What a refreshing summer treat! Love it! Such a great way to use ripe berries!

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    Densy — September 15, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    i am so tempted to go search for ice-cream machine after looking at this page!

    • Jun replied: — September 25th, 2011 @ 8:27 am

      You should get one. They are getting cheaper by the week. Get a small one, and you won’t regret it. The whole family would love you to pieces. Mine does!

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