Elle's Woodchuck Draft Cider Sorbet

In the event you weren't aware, I'm sorry to tell you our talented blogging friend Elle from Fresh New England is gone from our lives; she's sure left a big hole in our hearts. We'll all miss her, her posts, her wonderful recipes and her sense of humor.

In her honor, Dawn from Vanilla Sugar has asked Elle's friends and followers to join her in ElleAPalooza to make one of Elle's dishes. I chose one that, according to Elle, was THE most popular post in 2010. Yes, I'm aware sorbet is an unusual post for winter, but as you know, I live in Florida and sorbets and ice creams are good year round. Elle suggested this was a super dessert after a cookout, so if you're intrigued, you can save the recipe for summer.

Her sorbet is made with an ingredient I certainly didn't know anything about: Woodchuck hard cider. (
Another blogger made her hard cider jelly using the same ingredient.....and as you'll have some bottles left over {It's sold here in a six pack} you might want to try this recipe as well; click HERE.) I'm not really a hard cider fan, but this product was easy enough to find in my market and after making it I have to agree with Elle....hard cider sorbet is a refreshing, albeit unusual, finale to a summer meal.

At the end of the post Elle typically added: 

But please do keep in mind that it has alcohol in it.  So be aware and remember the saying:  friends don’t let friends have too much sorbet and drive. ;)

Woodchuck Draft Cider Sorbet

2 (12 oz) bottles of ice cold Woodchuck Cider 
2 tbsp sugar (If you've got superfine or castor sugar, it's especially good here for dissolving quickly. I used 3 tablespoons.)
1 tbsp lemon juice


In a medium bowl, whisk the cider, sugar and lemon juice. It will foam up a bit. Whisk completely dissolved.  Here's where you taste to see if you want more sugar, which I did. 
Make sure it's still cold (if not, refrigerate) and then freeze according to manufacturers instructions for your ice cream maker. Took me about 1/2 an hour in mine.

Spoon into a container and freeze to firm up. (Mine never got really hard. It was easy to scoop.)

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just whisk it all together, pour it into a shallow container and freeze.  After it’s frozen, break it up into chunks and toss them into the food processor or blender till it’s smooth-but work quickly to prevent too much melting. 

Store any leftovers in a container in the freezer. 


  1. A cider sorbet..must be very tasty and refreshing.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara!

  2. I agree with Angie, it must be very refreshing. My ice cream maker got lost among my many moves and I suspect I left it in the islands when we returned stateside. For Christmas I received Patricia Well's French Kitchen cookbook and she has a variety of different sorbets, so it's soon back to owning an ice cream maker. I'll be sure to add Elle's recipe in those to try.

  3. Elle's passing is just so sad and sudden! I love this cider sorbet to commemorate her...cider is one of my favorite fall/winter drinks!

  4. What on earth happened? She was young, wasn't she? There's nothing on her site. Oh my, so unexpected....

  5. I just went ..and am sorry I never knew of her..
    Her blog was a source of joy for her ..you can just tell..sweet post Barbara.

  6. I'm sorry to hear we've lost a blogger. I'll head over to her site and take a look. Now, about that sorbet, I love cooking with Woodchuck so would really like to try this one.

  7. Exquisite! This is a very original sorbet.



  8. looks wonderful and its so sad she has gone

  9. I love sorbet! Look soo good!

  10. That was the first commercial hard cider I liked. Now, I support a friend of a friend's local cidery... but there are two new cideries in our area to try, and this is a great excuse!

  11. Very innovative Barbara! It looks soooo good.

  12. Dear Barbara, A very nice dessert, especially for the warmer weather. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  13. Que rico su sorbete me encanta una delicia de todos los dìas aquì en verano,abrazos.

  14. Your sorbet looks so delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. perfect blend of summer and fall! lovely homage. :)

  16. I cannot think of a better way to honor a friend who loved food, than with one of her dishes. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.




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