Sparkling elderflower sorbet

An elegant, soft-set alcoholic sorbet, perfect with fresh berries.

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus chilling, churning and freezing
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling, churning and freezing

Makes: about 1.2 litres


170g white caster sugar
60g liquid glucose
150ml elderflower cordial
750ml bottle sparkling wine, chilled


1. Heat the sugar and liquid glucose in a small pan with 3 tbsp water. Stir over a medium heat until completely dissolved and you have a thick syrup. Mix in the elderflower cordial with a pinch of salt and stir over the heat for a few minutes, until combined. Transfer to a large jug and set aside to cool completely (about 1 hour).

2. Whisk the sparkling wine into the syrup until no longer bubbling, then freeze in a pre-chilled container for at least 6 hours, until almost completely frozen. Whizz the mixture in a food processor until smooth, then churn in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

3. When the mixture is thick and the blade almost stops, return it to the chilled container, cover and freeze for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight. Serve straight from the freezer, in chilled glasses, with fresh summer berries, if liked.