Vodka Macerated Peaches with Raspberry sorbet

A very simple, elegant, and delicious dessert for a stinking hot day. The weather has been so hot here lately that I was starting to see things: a mirage of ice-cold Vodka and Raspberry sorbet, shimmering in front of me. Friday afternoon, close enough to the cocktail hour, I had a sudden impulse to put these together with a few peaches I had, and make a refreshing dessert. It was just what I needed to kick start the weekend. I was feeling much cooler already!

Per person use

  • ½ large ripe peach, skin off and cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons Vodka
  • 1 scoop Raspberry sorbet, recipe below, or purchased

Put peaches in a glass, I’ve used a large classic Martini shape. Spoon over sugar syrup and Vodka and let sit for a couple of minutes. Top with a generous scoop of Raspberry sorbet, and serve, very cold!

  • Sugar Syrup
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup water

Put sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Turn heat off, and let cool. Store in fridge until needed.

  • Raspberry Sorbet
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups plus 4 teaspoons water
  • 6 cups raspberries, frozen is fine

Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let syrup cool.

Blitz raspberries and remaining ¾ cup plus 4 teaspoons water in a food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve over a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, pressing down on the mixture gently to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids.

Add the syrup, stir until well combined, and refrigerate for an hour.

Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer sorbet to an airtight container, and freeze until needed.