Berliner Weisse Blood Orange Sorbet By: Beer Bitty
My favorite fruit? Blood oranges.
The name delights me. It’s unnecessarily violent, but perfectly descriptive. Can you imagine a Marketing team thinking this was the name that would sell? Likely not. Or maybe there was no thought put into it at all. Maybe we’ve just adopted a common description as the name and, well, why not if it fits. Cara cara and navel oranges are easy to confuse based on appearance. A blood orange - that’s much more identifiable.
If you’ve never had a blood orange, seek them out. They’re delightfully tart, just sweet enough, and are a step ahead of just about every other citrus. They’re also versatile - substitute in any recipe calling for oranges or orange juice. I use them in salads, vinaigrettes, pies, cakes, jams, and here, I use them in a sorbet with my current beer obsession, Berliner Weisse.
This recipe falls flat when using packaged fruit; freshly squeezed juice provides a vibrancy and flavor not found in the store bought kind. Go ahead and substitute with regular orange juice if that’s what’s on hand; just be sure to taste for sweetness as the sugar levels vary depending on the variety and season. Not into sugar? This can also be substituted. Try agave or honey, starting with half of what the recipe calls for in sugar, and sweeten to your liking.
Adapted from an original recipe by David Lebovitz