Summer is so close that we can almost smell the sorbet! Delicious in a cone enjoyed at the beach or as an after-dinner dessert on a hot day, sorbet is a treat for the senses. Sweet, refreshing, and fragrant, it’s a warm-weather staple that we can get behind. So, why wouldn’t we add it to our cocktails?
Sorbet actually pairs perfectly with spirits, making it a popular choice for mixologists looking to do something a little different in the summer, and we’ve put together our favourite recipes for your next garden party.
Sgroppino is a sorbet cocktail that’s oozing with both decadence and elegance. Light and refreshing, it’s a wonderful choice for a party or for popping your feet up at the end of a long day, enjoying sweetness and bubbles in equal measure. To make your own, add a couple of tablespoons of fresh lemon sorbet to the bottom of a champagne flute. Add a small splash of vodka and top with champagne for a drink that’s worthy of the summer sun.
When the flowers are in full bloom, we like to celebrate with a Rosé Sorbet Martini. A beautifully floral cocktail that’s as stylish as it is delicious, we highly recommend you try this if you enjoy a glass of rosé! Simply chill a Martini glass before adding a good scoop of lemon sorbet and filling it with your favourite rosé and a good dash of elderflower liqueur. Garnish with edible rose petals for a beautiful cocktail.
When you’re brunching in the hot weather, shake up your usual bellini with this very-berry sorbet recipe. Begin with a chilled Martini glass and a scoop of gorgeous raspberry sorbet. Top with a dash of raspberry liqueur, fill with prosecco or your favourite sparkling wine and garnish with fresh raspberries for a pop of colour and flair. A sprig or two of mint wouldn’t go amiss, either!
Unlike the other recipes, this is a boozy sorbet rather than a cocktail with sorbet. It’s better served as a dessert than a drink unless you want your guests to wait for it to melt! Add a few scoops to a Coupe glass for a sophisticated sweet treat.
This fruity sorbet hides herbal notes beneath its sweet exterior, adding depth and warmth for a slightly more complex palette than other sorbets. Begin by creating a rosemary sugar syrup before blending up one large watermelon into a smooth juice (note: you can do this in a blender, you don’t need a juicer). Add your raspberry syrup and the juice of one lemon, blending again to incorporate all of the ingredients. Stir through 75ml of prosecco and freeze, stirring the mixture with a fork every 30 minutes until frozen.
At UrbanBar, we love trying out new cocktails and experimenting with interesting ingredients. If you do too, get inspired by browsing through our ranges! With spirits, syrups, bitters, and more to uncover, it’s the ideal place to discover your next cocktail invention.