Best-Ever Blueberry Sorbet... with Vodka!

 

Blueberry Chef Medallions by Felix Doolittle

I still remember my first sorbet experience. It was in Paris many years ago, and that explosion of fruit flavor was a taste revelation. When we were recently invited to a friend’s farm a little over an hour away, we knew that (one of) the happy outcomes would be freshly made blueberry sorbet. The orchard of 50 blueberry bushes was laden with billions of blueberries. We were in blueberry nirvana. Here's what blueberry nirvana looks like:

Blueberries ready to be picked

IMG_0238

Surrounded by blueberries and bees buzzingWe picked an enormous quantity of blueberries, and as we headed to the car with the buckets of blues, we were delighted by this wildflower field. The flowers seem like they’re floating or part of a Klimt painting. 

Meadow !

Back to the sorbet. Great sorbet is a fruit epiphany. I just finished the last scoop of the quart, and I am in blueberry nirvana! Here's the recipe that gets you there:

Best-Ever Blueberry Sorbet

Our family LOVES this recipe! It contains 8 CUPS of blueberries. That’s 8 CUPS of blueberry-ness! I made Suzanne and Andy a batch as a thank you for inviting us to pick their blueberries, and these were her words she wrote me after trying it:  "Amazing!  Spectacular!  Divine!  Holy!!"

I found the original recipe on AboutFood.com. Here, I’ve added notes so that you get it right and awesome — the first time around.

About the alcohol: don’t think it’s the-more-the-merrier here because your sorbet won’t freeze.  Adding alcohol to a sorbet reduces the freezing point and the size of the ice crystals which produces a finer and smoother tasting sorbet. You'll need an ice cream maker.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar – Taste your berries before deciding how much sugar to add. If they’re sweet, reduce the sugar. We used less than 1/2 a cup.
  • 1 tablespoon vodka

PREPARATION

Blend the blueberries, water, and lemon juice on high until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the berries and juice to a large saucepan, and stir in the sugar. Bring the berry mixture just to a boil and immediately remove it from the heat. Allow the berries to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes, and then press them through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the berry solids, and add the vodka to the liquid.

Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator until very cold or overnight. This is a key to a successful sorbet: The “mix” must be very cold before it goes into the ice cream maker.

Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ideally you've invited the people you love to join you in enjoying this because it's at it’s absolute best when it's done. Transfer what’s left to another container - don’t leave your sorbet in the ice cream unit when it’s done. See container ideas below. If your sorbet is hard when you remove it from the freezer, let it stand for several minutes at room temperature, and use a fork to scrape the sorbet like a granita, or scoop it once it has softened.

Makes 8 servings, but who’s to say!

IMG_9738IMG_9753IMG_9744

Take a look at all our products with blueberries here.

Blueberry Chef Medallion Label

Let us know how your sorbet turns out or your favorite blueberry recipe.

Felix Doolittle

Host and Hostess Gifts that Get You Invited Back!

 

Oval Paperweight

Summer is the time for visits with friends and family often to wonderful getaways by the beach, lake, and mountains. Bringing or sending a host & hostess gift for that bungalow stay is a way of expressing gratitude that lasts beyond your stay and reminds your hosts of the good times you shared together.  See our 5 great gift suggestions.

View full article →

Tips for making the most of Letter Writing Month

Felix Doolittle Writing Papers

April is National Letter Writing Month - the perfect opportunity to call up Karen Fullerton who has studied the art of letter writing and leads courses on the topic. Last year she gave a love letter writing workshop for a small (but lucky) group at our shop, The Paper Mouse. It was eye-opening to see how the attendees came to understand the components of a great letter after Karen's reading different examples aloud. Many of the participants exclaimed that they wrote the best letter they had ever written that day!

View full article →

Felix Doolittle is going BIG!

After a lifetime of drawing tiny, the artist behind Felix Doolittle changes scale and goes big with 16x20 Art Prints! Read on about how Felix began drawing and his decision to go BIG! 

View full article →

Let's Color!

 

Did you love coloring, and the mesmerizing, meditational place it transported you to when you were a child? Whether you're a newcomer to the pleasures of coloring, or if you're returning to the happy memories of the past, you're going to love this collection of 3 downloadable illustrations by Felix that just beg to be colored! I've also asked Felix for his coloring tips. It's almost like having a coloring lesson with Felix sitting next to you. Almost. For that, you'll have to visit our visit store, The Paper Mouse, for one of our coloring events! 

View full article →

Our new shop, The Paper Mouse

We didn't have a plan to open a shop for Felix Doolittle, but there we were on a sweltering day in August signing a lease on a place that needed a lot of love. We called it The Paper Mouse after Jenny who is born in the Year of the Mouse.... 
View full article →

New Autumn & Winter Wedding Invitations | Paperless Post x Felix Doolittle

Autumn Boughs
Getting married in Autumn or Winter and looking for just the right Felix Doolittle wedding invitation suite? Take a look at our collection of cool weather invitations that we created with Paperless Post. 
View full article →

The Conversation Continues -- Personal Calling Cards

 

It's summertime with all the ease of everything that entails - easy clothing, easy weather, easy food, and easy travel! Summer brings us outside and the warm (ok, blistering hot) weather must melt our hearts too, because everyone seems friendlier these days. Strangers speak to us and we speak to them while we wait together in line ...for ice cream, or at one of the local ponds nearby. Maybe you'll be traveling abroad and meet people who feel like soul mates, or soul sisters and brothers, and you must stay in touch. How to continue the conversation, the connection, that was started? Easy. Personal Calling Cards.

View full article →

30 Days of Gratitude - A thank you note challenge

April is National Letter Writing Month. Sure, it's most likely devised by the US postal service, but who cares! It prompts us to make time to slow down and write a note or letter. It's a gift really. We came up with the idea of using the month to pen 30 notes of gratitude. 

View full article →
March 12, 2015

1 Comment

Felix Fu › interview ›


An Interview with Felix

Here's a chance to get to know the mysterious man behind Felix Doolittle - an interview with artist and designer Felix Fu.

Felix Fu of Felix Doolittle

View full article →