After making use of about half of our blood orange bounty in margaritas, I knew I wanted to something dessert-y with the rest.  None of the usual dessert items sounded great to me.  I wanted something light and refreshing, not heavy and super sweet.  It’s been a while since I have made sorbet and it turned out to be exactly what I was craving.

Normally sorbets with a base of juice and no actual fruit pulp are very icy and I tend to avoid them.  This time I decided to mix in a few tablespoons of a sweet Riesling I had on hand and it did wonders for the texture of this sorbet.  The flavor is sweet-tart and refreshing.  Andrew was just as smitten with this as I was, and together we took care of the whole batch over the course of a few nights.  He’s been asking for “store-bay” almost every night since :)


1 cup blood orange juice (about 6-8 oranges)*
¼ cup sugar
2-3 tbsp. soft or sparkling white wine, such as Riesling (optional)


  • 01

    Combine ¼ cup of the blood orange juice with the sugar in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar is melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ¾ cup of blood orange juice.  Stir in the wine.  Chill the mixture well in the refrigerator.

  • 02

    Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • 03

    *Can’t find blood oranges?  This can certainly be made with any variety of orange you prefer.  


  • OMG! Not only is this gorgeous but it sounds amazing and refreshing!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is absolutely stunning! Love it!

  • What gorgeous color! Sounds so light and refreshing. Perfect for these gorgeous days we’ve had this week.

  • This sounds delicious! A light sorbet sounds like a perfect dessert for spring. And the colors of your photos are so vibrant – beautiful!

  • Michelle

    Sounds fantastic!

  • Wow, your photos are always great, but that top photo is just gorgeous! I feel like you’ve mentioned on here before that you have food photos in your kitchen…I think that one is definitely worthy!

  • annieseats

    Well thank you!

  • UrbanWife

    Sorbet hits the spot, every single time. Now if I could just track down those darn elusive blood oranges! ;)

  • Awesome idea, I bet the Riesling did wonders for the texture!

  • Aliciad224

    How funny, I made this exact same recipe this week. It sure was tasty!

  • Gorgeous photo! I love when people do “in the process” ones too, it’s often helpful as well as pretty.

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Based on your recommendation, I bought blood oranges this week at the store. This looks perfect to try out!

  • Sharon

    That looks/sounds amazing! I know it says the wine is optional, but I was just curious if there was anything else that would help it not freeze as hard. (I’m pregnant, so probably no wine in my sorbet . . . ) I have seen sorbet recipes with sparkling water and/or soda in them before, but I didn’t know if it served the same purpose as the alcohol or not. Also–is that yellow contraption a juicer? I have a juicer of sorts but it’s huge and bulky and has a billion parts to clean so I don’t use it much.

  • Erin Crowe

    So pretty! I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks!

  • I just LOVE the colors in your photos! They are always so beautiful.

  • annieseats

    Alcohol and fat are pretty much the two things that prevent hard freezing in homemade ice cream/sorbet. However, I would definitely have eaten this while pregnant. It’s two tablespoons total, so maybe a teaspoon or so in a serving. Basically negligible, but that’s your call. Yes, that’s a juicer – just a hand squeeze one.

  • rikkisnyder

    I love the color combination in that first photo! This looks delicious [:

  • Sounds wonderful! What could you use in place of the iwne?

  • Hi! :D I just mentioned you as an inspiration on my new blog, Sugar and Spice and Everything Sparkly. Thank you for being amazing!

  • No dairy! YAY!

  • This sounds wonderfully refreshing, just in time for spring.

  • annieseats

    You can omit it if you like, but if you want something to keep the texture softer, it needs to be alcohol of some kind.

  • Khkerr2002

    This has been a fantastic year for citrus in SoCal. I made this today with part of the huge bounty from our tangelo tree. It’s fantastic. Thanks for the great idea. The rind is now steeping in Everclear for “tangelocello.”

  • Payalperera

    beautiful picture!! Wondering if you have ever tried making gelato? We have a local place that makes incredible gelato..and blood orange is my favorite flavor. It’s much creamier than sorbet, but doesn’t have any dairy it.

  • annieseats

    At least in my understanding, gelato has dairy in it but it seems everyone has their own definition of gelato.

  • What a beautiful combination of colors. I am sure this a fabulous, light, refreshing dessert.

  • Foodiewife

    I love the photo of all the stacked “squeezed” oranges. I usually add kirsch or vodka to my sorbets, but Riesling sounds like a great option. That’s cute…”store-bet”.

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    I made it Friday night. My oranges didn’t yield as much juice, but I got about 2/3 of a cup and adjusted the recipe accordingly. It was delicious!

  • This sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make some!

  • I’m crazy for any sorbet and yours looks fantastic! I really believe we taste with our eyes before it ever hits our mouths and this one is surely tasting delicious to my eyes!
    I do like to add a bit of lemon or lime to my fruit sorbets – just add a bit of zip!

  • Nkf00

    I made blood orange popsicles for my daughter and instead of adding sugar, I juiced sweet tangerine from my in-laws organic backyard..the sweetness of the tangerines compensated any need for sugar, they were so delicious! I wonder if we can do the same for sorbet or sugar is needed for the chemistry.

  • annieseats

    I usually do too, but I think since this is already citrus juice-based, the flavor wouldn’t come through. Glad you like the photo :)

  • annieseats

    Awesome idea!

  • I love sorbets — can’t wait to try this blood orange one! :)

  • Brenda

    Have you ever tried blood orange soda? It’s fabulous!!!! I’ve seen it sold at Trader Joe’s & World Market. Gotta try it if you haven’t!

  • annieseats

    Yes, I have.