Cranberries don’t often take a starring role in desserts because of their sour side, but they do it beautifully in this sorbet. My, oh my, this is some fabulous stuff!  This sorbet made me a cranberry convert and helped me gain new appreciation for the most tart member of the berry family. The flavor here is just right with a nice balance of sweet and tart, and this sorbet has a lovely texture. This is a great way to make the most of the lovely red jewels when they start showing up in stores this time of year.



  • 1 ½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 tsp. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional)


  • 01

    Combine the cranberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the liquid begins to boil.  Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and cover.  Let stand for 30 minutes.

  • 02

    Puree the mixture in a food processor or a blender, and then pass through a fine mesh sieve to remove any large bits of cranberry skin.  Stir in the juice and the liqueur.  Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • My husband made me a lightbox a few months ago (looks just like yours) – it’s a lifesaver when it comes to pictures at night!

  • I’ve been wanting to make a lightbox for so long now. I’ve made some really good dinners lately, but I haven’t blogged them because it’s so dark by the time we eat and the pictures are awful! Maybe I’ll get around to it this weekend :) The cranberry sorbet looks great!

  • Amy

    mmm, I just saw some fresh cranberries at the store and wanted a recipe for them — thanks!! Love the lightbox, I have really been wanting to make one.

  • I love me anything cranberry – this is pure genius!

  • nikkigladd

    I bought my supplies to make my light box a few months ago, but haven’t gotten around to actually putting it together yet! I’m excited to do it and post about it soon, though. Yours looks great!

  • I’ve had this on my to-do list for weeks now! I think after the third post in 1 day about it…something is telling me to finally make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • That looks so yummy! I wish i had an ice cream maker so I could make it. Love the light box. I sent a link to my hubby to see if he could make it.

  • I love the bright color! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • Love your lightbox Annie!!

    I did notice that your pictures lately (especially the sorbet one) have been really cute ;) Nice job.

  • This looks delicious, I love sorbet year round and the cranberry flavor is so festive and season appropriate. Also, thank you for posting the instructions for the light box-I have been neglecting my blog for the same reason!

  • I am coming clean. When I pulled up your site and saw the picture of the sorbet, I gasped. Yes, an audible gasp. I think that is a sign that I need to make this.

  • I’m craving that sorbet right now!!! Great colour!

  • Pingback: Summer Sorbets « If only I could make a scratch-n-sniff blog…()

  • I definitely need to make one of these – could you tell me what the dimensions of your foam core board is – thanks!

  • Also wondering where you got your light bulbs and do you know what brand they are. I actually put one together today so don’t need the dimensions anymore but I bought what said were “nautural light bulbs but my pictures are still pretty yellow? Any tips?

  • Not only can u cook…but your pictures are great. Here’s a tip (if it helps ;). I use this lighting system….and I love it. perfect soft light, easy to move…

  • Annie

    I actually don’t use the light box anymore at all, I tore it down! I now have a Speedlite for my Canon dSLR and it does a phenomenal job with lighting so I don’t have to worry about having natural light or not. I love it!

  • Kristen H

    I am in love with the colours in your room.

    That and your chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe..

  • Julie

    Annie, where do you get “basic reflecting lamps”? I really want to make a lightbox but don’t know where to go for the lamps.

  • Annie

    They were from Lowes. I actually don’t use a lightbox anymore though, I find the lighting to be suboptimal.