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Homemade Cranberry Sorbet

Updated on June 23, 2011
Homemade cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Homemade cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright

Cranberry Sorbet

Cranberries are best known as the the tart and tangy berry of countless Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. But cranberries also have their place in the warm months of the year, and not just as an off-season sauce. Try turning a handful of frozen cranberries into a delicious, homemade cranberry sorbet.

This recipe is quick and easy to make at home, and it produces a very pretty scoop to serve. Homemade cranberry sorbet comes out in a bright, not-quite blood-red hue with a hint of cheery hot pink.

The sorbet is mostly sweet, slightly puckery and very refreshingly icy. It's a good, if unusual, summer treat.

Pour the cranberry mixture from a blender into an ice cream maker / Photo by E. A. Wright
Pour the cranberry mixture from a blender into an ice cream maker / Photo by E. A. Wright

Ingredients for Cranberry Sorbet

  • 2 cups of frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Optional: a dash of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Optional: flecks of orange rind

Making cranberry sorbet in a blender / Photo by E. A. Wright
Making cranberry sorbet in a blender / Photo by E. A. Wright

Kitchen Supplies

  • Measuring cups
  • Blender
  • Ice cream maker

Scoops of cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Scoops of cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright

What To Do

  1. Combine the cranberries, water and sugar together in the blender.
  2. Blend until the mixture is mostly uniform and the sugar has dissolved. Unlike with some sorbets, your goal is not a finely blended purée. The cranberry mixture should remain a little coarse. The finished sorbet will have texture from the cranberry seeds and the cranberry skin.
  3. Pour the sorbet into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the machine's directions. In a 1-quart, gel canister ice cream maker, the cranberry sorbet should freeze in about half an hour.


  • Add an orange: Make this sorbet a summertime replacement for cranberry relish. Substitute fresh orange juice for some of the water and add grated orange rind to the mixture.

Cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Cranberry sorbet / Photo by E. A. Wright
Photo by E. A. Wright
Photo by E. A. Wright

Try More Homemade Berry Sorbet Recipes

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  • How To Make Blueberry Sorbet

    Freeze blueberries and bananas together in a homemade sorbet, and the result is a sweet, smooth scoop in the prettiest shade of pale lavender.

  • How To Make Strawberry Sorbet

    Making strawberry sorbet is surprisingly quick and easy, and the homemade product tastes of summer simplicity and sweet, strawberry goodness. All that's required: berries, sugar, water, citrus juice and an ice cream maker.

  • How To Make Homemade Raspberry Sorbet

    Looking for the perfect summer dessert? Fresh raspberry sorbet is quick and easy to make at home, and it's also delicious.

Photo By E. A. Wright
Photo By E. A. Wright


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    • Patsybell profile image

      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I keep cranberries in the freezer, year round. This is on my MUST TRY list. Like your hubs and photos. Voted up and useful, plus Pinned.

    • E. A. Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      E. A. Wright 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Go for it! Thank goodness that frozen cranberries are available year round.

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I love cranberries- puckery is right I bet but I imagine it would be very refreshing...and good for you!

    • North Wind profile image

      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      Yum Yum! I am going to try it!


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