Blackberry-Vodka "Affogato" Cocktail

Dessert and cocktail in one? Absolutely!

Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, and the term is often used for the name of a dessert of ice cream which has espresso or Amaretto poured over it. This affogato is a little different, but still fun, refreshing, and delightfully alcoholic!

I put a few ice cubes in a glass and poured about two (possibly three) ounces of Grey Goose vodka over it. I added a splash of Sprite and then a scoop of my homemade blackberry sorbet. It was delicious and packed a punch! And I love the way the sorbet bleeds red into the vodka as it “drowns”.

I’ve included my recipe for blackberry sorbet. It’s pretty easy, although you’ll need an ice cream freezer. That $50 Cuisinart model works fine.

You’ll need six cups of ripe blackberries. Put them in a pot with one cup of water. Cover and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about five minutes. Stir in 1.75 cups of granulated sugar and cook another five to ten minutes or until all the fruit has softened and broken down. Strain the cooked berries through a fine-meshed strainer, ideally a chinois. This will produce approximately three cups of liquid.

Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours or until cold. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions, let’s say 20 to 30 minutes. Scoop out your sorbet from the machine and put in a plastic container. Freeze for an hour or so until firm.

Your sorbet is ready! Time to make a cocktail!


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