Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry season is upon us and my little indoor basil plant is FINALLY starting to grow enough leaves for use. Yes,  finally…after 3 months in poor window lighting I have a small abundance of basil leaves available at my fingertips. This is a nice little convenience to have and totally became the inspiration for today’s summer treat. Of course I couldn’t just use basil alone. I’ve combined the fresh local blackberries my hubs brought home the other morning with the tiny home-grown basil leaves to create an delightful summer sorbet.

I gotta admit, I’m a bit surprised with my sorbet making skills. I’m not always this lucky, but I guess sometimes winging it is the best thing you can do. No ice-cream machine necessary, just a few simple ingredients is all that you need to make this frozen favorite.

 Top with a splash of bubbly for a little extra pizazz.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Bubbles (V)

The fruit and herb pairing is trendy and fresh and the blended color is vibrant. The baby basil leaves are not too overpowering, and offer just enough bite to balance the tartness of the fresh blackberries. The champagne floater adds a whimsical and fun finishing touch.

(makes about 4 servings – recipe can be doubled)

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

2  heaping cups local blackberries rinsed.

1-2 small lemons juiced – depending on how tart your blackberries are. Use less if they’re a bit on the sour side.

6-8 baby leaves from a basil plant – if using store-bought basil, limit to 3-4 regular sized leaves.

1 1/4 cup raw turbinado sugar.

1 1/4 cups water.

stainless steel pan.

strainer

blender or food processor.

Sofia blanc de blancs champagne.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Create simple syrup by heating together the water and turbinado sugar. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil and then continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool.

While the simple syrup is cooling squeeze your lemons into a separate dish and set aside.

Once simple syrup is fully cooled, pour it into a blender or food processor with blackberries, lemon juice and basil leaves.

Blend or food process on high until completely pureed.

Pour blackberry basil and sugar mixture into a stainless steel pan or dish, ssing a strainer to catch all the seeds. Discard excess seeds.

Place mixture in the freezer, and allow to freeze for about 2 hours.

It should already have the consistency of a sorbet, but to make it even creamier, remove all sorbet from the steel dish and place it back in the blender/processer. Blend/mix on high for about 1 more minute, and then cover and place back in the freezer in the same steel dish for at least 2 more hours. You can also freeze overnight. But make sure to allow a few minutes to thaw before serving.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

After the 2 additional hours in the freezer, your sorbet is ready to enjoy.

Scoop into chic dishes and top with your favorite bubbly. I chose Sofia blanc de blancs because the packaging is pink, adorbs and an entertaining essential.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

This sorbet will make a great dessert or palate cleanser for any occasion!

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

 I can already envision myself enjoying one of these on the back deck with my favorite ladies.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

To make the sorbet kid friendly or alcohol free, simply omit the champagne. They were a hit with my two girls.

Blackberry Basil Sorbet + Champagne | Posh Little Designs

Thanks for reading! I hope you give this recipe a try! We’re officially just over 1 week until my daughter’s 5th birthday, so I’ll be devoting most of my attention to projects for that event– which I hope to have time to share with you soon. Until then, you can find me on instagram: @poshlittledesigns for daily updates.

xo

This specific recipe for Blackberry Basil Sorbet was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

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Make: Pantone Fruit Smoothie

Radiant Orchid is the hue Pantone has chosen as color of the year for 2014. It’s a soft shade of purple that exudes happiness and joy and had me inspired at hello. I can already see this color making its way into weddings, fashion, decor and event design in the months ahead and I cannot wait to see how it’s used. I’m really looking forward to the pin-worthy imagery, DIY’s and trends that will be set this year with radiant orchid as the focal point. I also can’t wait to have some fun with the color myself, which is exactly how I’m kicking off 2014. After featuring a few heavy recipe posts late last year during the holiday season, I’m lightening things up with a fresh fruit smoothie, in shades of purple, influenced by none other than the Pantone color of the year.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Simple, fresh, feel good.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie (V)

The blackberries and blueberries both rich in antioxidants add color and tartness, while the vegan yogurt’s adds balance with its sweet flavor. No sugar added, dairy and soy free, vegan.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

(Makes 3 Servings)

Ingredients

1 6 oz container of plain coconut milk yogurt

1 cup fresh blackberries (rinsed) (freeze half a cup for texture)

1/4 cup fresh blueberries (rinsed)

1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut or almond milk

4-6 ice cubes

a splash of orange juice

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and blend away! Serve in a fancy glass and sip from a fabulous straw (these particular purple chevron straws are available in my Etsy shop).

For the blackberry and blueberry garnish, rinse them both and leaving them damp. Skewer one blackberry and one blueberry and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Garnish each glass.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Looking for ways to incorporate this recipe into the perfect party option? If you’re hosting a brunch or breakfast party, these fruit smoothies are a tasty beverage alternative.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

You can also whip them up and serve at a spa themed afternoon with girlfriends, or children.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Here’s to a healthy, prosperous and inspired 2014!

Pantone image source: Radiant Orchid

xo

This specific recipe for the Pantone Fruit Smoothie is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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