i started out making naartjie juice
this eventually became minneola sorbet

This recipe started out as a naartjie sorbet because I had been promising my friend John (who loves naartjies) that I would make it for him for about 2 years. I knew naartijes were going out of season, so grabbed a whole lot and sent then through my juice machine.  I then proceeded to make the syrup with the juice and decided to do a bit of writing.

Two things were very wrong with the situation so far.

  1. I discovered that if you juice naartjies through the juice extractor the pips also get juiced and impart a very bitter tanin taste to the juice.  This doesnt seem to be so much of a problem for oranges which I frequently juice through the extractor.  But I over looked this and thought things would balance out when the sugar was added.
  2. Never let a pot boil on the stove whilst engaging in other activities like writing, blogging or surfing the internet without putting a timer on.  I have made this basic error a few times before and have: burnt a boiled egg and nearly destroyed a beloved Le Crueset pot by allowing a caramel to blacken so badly.

So the naartjie syrup over boiled and was destroyed.

By the time I got round to buying more naartjies, they were looking quite tired, late in the season and lacking adequate juice. I decided to opt for the more juicy minneolas, which after all are pretty similar and in my opinion even better. In case you didn’t know for sure, a minneola is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit and is an easy peeler.

I asked John if he minded and he assured me that he too liked minneolas even more.

I used my orange juice attachment on my food processor, sliced the minneolas in half and juiced them sans the pips. They yielded so much more juice than the naartjies, so I landed up with 1.5 litres of juice to make my sorbet. I later discovered this was a little too much capacity for my ice cream machine to handle and in future I would stick to a liter.

Here is my recipe for 1.5 liters of minneola sorbet: (you could use any other citrus fruit juice of your choice)

  • 1.5 liters of minneola juice (or any citrus juice)
  • 1.5 cups of sugar (1/2 cup of sugar per 2 cups of juice)
  • 1 added 1/2 cup of wine to the syrup, which largely got cooked off
  • so I added 60 ml (4 Tbs) vodka just before I added it to the machine, you want about 2Tbs of alcohol per 2 cups of juice

Add the juice and the sugar to a pot, heat until the sugar has dissolved (it is not necessary to boil).  Add the wine (some of this alcohol cooks off).  Remove from the heat and add the vodka and then cool in the fridge.  When cool, churn through your ice cream machine until sorbet consistency.

It will be lovely to have the winter citrus flavours carry over into the early part of summer as things start warming up.

perfect for early summer

If you want to learn how to make ice cream or sorbet without a machine check out these articles here:

David Lebovitz


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  1. Haven’t we all had burning pots because blogging got in the way, yikes! Love a sorbet and citrussy flavors always work for me!!

  2. Sam

    I always set my timer or 2 timers to remind me to check on things. 🙂

  3. Just delicious Samlet. Even though it’s not even 7h30 yet, I could do with a bowl right now. Love the colour and can just imagine how fresh that must’ve tasted. xxx

  4. Sam

    Thanks Ally, I do so love making ice cream and sorbet. Have a beautiful day in food. S x

  5. Now that I’ve got to try, possibly a grapefruit or even a mix of citrus fruits. Would tequila work as well as vodka, or would you use less (even though we all would want more)?

  6. If I make this wonderful looking sorbet do I have to have an ice cream machine or is there another way.

  7. I’ve burnt my pot before yet again who hasn’t. Am used to whiskey though it’s a bit bitter as compared to vodka hope it will work out on the sorbet. Love the photos.

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