Monday, August 13, 2012

Raspberry Sorbet and Ginger Beer Floats

Lately, all the desserts that I've been making seem to be frozen ones: they're super easy, super delicious, super perfect for the hot weather, and they disappear super quickly from my freezer. This raspberry sorbet is the latest concoction out of the ice cream maker, and it's so thick and dense and packed with raspberries that it tastes almost creamy--even though there's no dairy in it. (Also, I looooove how deeply pink-red it is.) Then, as an extra treat, I've been pouring some of my favorite extra spicy ginger beer (a nonalcoholic and stronger version of ginger ale) on top to make a fruitier version of the classic root beer float: the raspberry sorbet and ginger beer float, which is so perfectly refreshing.

Not a long post today since I have to wake up extra, extra early tomorrow to catch some sunrise photography, and it's already midnight! (eep!)

P.S. I'll be passing through Boulder, CO and Kansas City over the next few days. Do you all have any suggestions for absolutely-do-not-miss restaurants and foodie hangouts???

Read on for recipe....

Raspberry Sorbet Ginger Beer Floats

568g (20 oz) raspberries
1 cup water
150 g (1½ cups) sugar
2 tspn tapioca starch
2 tspn freshly squeezed lemon juice
(non-alcoholic) ginger beer, chilled

1. Combine the raspberries and water in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. If desired, strain and discard the seeds using a fine mesh sieve. Return the raspberry puree to the food processor bowl.
2. Add the sugar, tapioca starch, and lemon juice, pulsing to combine thoroughly until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Chill the mixture thoroughly.
4. Freeze according to your ice cream makers’ instructions. Remove the sorbet from the ice cream maker when it is mostly frozen but still soft and continue to let harden in the freezer until solid.
5. Serve with ginger beer.



  1. That animated gif is totally breathtaking -- and these flavors are insane. Love the whole thing :)

  2. Have a good trip! I can't wait to check out your shots, that is if you will be sharing it here ;). Love the super ruby red of the raspberry sorbet. Just perfect for the hot weather here. I haven't been baking a lot, though I really try to. Too hot and I ended up making froyos and ice-cream. The sad part is I need to start investing in an ice-cream maker. LOL.. Awesome photography. Then again, I have always been a huge fan of your work! xoxo, Jo

  3. Marcello Arena Mela e CannellaAugust 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    OMG i love your recipe love your too in my new post i used a gif!!!

  4. Anastasia RynearsonAugust 14, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Love the animation at the beginning! Have you seen Not So Humble Pie's Raspberry Ginger Ice Cream Float ( It's similar to what you've got, but if you've got any leftover raspberries, it might be right up your alley!

  5. oh i love this, especially colorwise! ginger beer is hard to find in germany, though.

  6. Gorgeous gif! I adore ginger beer but would never have thought to pair it with raspberry sorbet. Just delicious.

  7. Kevin and Amanda HawkinsAugust 14, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Just found your blog...beautiful. And this recipe, well, I think I can handle coming back a few times.

  8. Toni @ Boulder LocavoreAugust 14, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Gorgeous dish as always (love the animation in the first pic). I live in Boulder Stephanie and write a food/drink blog based locally; lots of choices here depending on what you are looking for and what meal or spirits. Feel free to email me and I can help on great spots:

  9. Beautiful, as always. Love the .gif at the top and the other images too. The addition of ginger beer is fantastic.

  10. Gorgeous! On a side note, I am totally obsessed with Weck jars.

  11. That looks lovely <3 I might have to try and make that myself even though I'm more of an ice cream girl rather than sorbet! But the ginger beer sounds like a delicious summer combo!

  12. Hungry_Healthy_HappyAugust 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Loving the GIF!

  13. Stephanie, so much to say to you!! I LOVE that first photo. How do you do that? It is fabulous. If you ever have time, I would love to know to create a photo with movement like that.
    Second, we lived in Kansas City and it is a fabulous little jewel of a midwestern city. We loved living there...and had moved from New York (reluctantly). Here is where I would suggest for your KC stop:
    1. the Saturday market on the river. The entire area is closed off. The market takes up a large center parking lot and tiny little ethnic restaurants and mom and pop shops surround the market. It's a lively, multi-cultural area of KC that we loved to go to.
    2. The "Plaza" is a shopping area that is entirely styled in Spanish architecture. It has upscale shops, upscale restaurants, horse drawn carriages, boutique hotels, etc. It's a classy area to be in and right in the middle of KC
    3. The new "Power and Light" district was just being completed when we moved. This area is right off of Union Station and in the "downtown" area of KC (but the entire city is not that big). This is the hot spot for 20 somethings, bars, lights, concerts, sporting venues, comedy clubs, etc. It is trendy, contemporary and sleek. A fun place to be when it is all lit up at night.

    Have fun and good luck to you! Sarah at 'thyme'

  14. Fancy cinemagraph! Totally fun! (And, of course, everything looks delicious and gorgeous as usual.)

  15. So bummed I won't get to see you in KC. Eat at Oklahoma Joes for the BEST BBQ in KC (and anywhere!)

  16. oh my, looking SO good!!

  17. 15, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    You are awesomly clever I love the moving pic. So fantastic. the sorbet is delicious looking and someonnnne commented on the jar....... I dont know Wreck but it they look like some I want!

  18. Man, that is some seriously inspiring photography work.

  19. Yum! I've only had my ice cream maker for this summer, and I'm excited to try a sorbet. This looks like a fantastic one!

  20. Claudia Annie CaroneAugust 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    you have a beautiful blog! now following you! a kiss :)

  21. i know, right? me too. :)

  22. Yum...that looks so refreshing! Hope you don't mind, but I reblogged this gem on my blog On behalf of the City of SF, we thank you!

  23. That gif is sooooo beautiful. There is nothing I love more than raspberry sorbet. Bet it would be delicious with lambic instead of ginger beer!

  24. Elizabeth @ SugarHero!August 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    WHAT! That is one gorgeous image. I'm adding you to my reader--I need this loveliness in my life on a regular basis. :)


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