Champagne Sorbet: Anniversaries And Hot Summer Days
B. and I celebrated our ninth year anniversary July 11….well, when I say celebrated it’s not exactly true. Oh yes, there were cards and smoochies, but he left flowers in the car that night not expecting temperatures in the high 80s by six o’clock in the morning. He woke me up with a bunch of pretty but yet wilted flowers, that was comical and it reminded of the way I felt on my wedding day…wilting and melting back in 1998 under the hot sun of Charleston. I am surprised that nobody back then tried to dissuade me from a July wedding. What was I thinking? Well, I had no idea it was going to be over 100F that day, much like our anniversary day last week.
Anyway, back to our celebration. We both worked late night so we decided to stay home, grill some seafood, drink some Champagne and relax on the porch. We were so tired that we barely drank one glass each and crashed into bed. Oops!
We felt a little strange the day after: should we have made more of a production out of it? Should we make up for it and go out somewhere fancy? Any of our friends would tell you that it would not be like us. We do things everyday to show our love and respect for each other. They are not grand gestures but they truly come from the heart. Oh sure, I am not going to play it all cool, we do have fancier celebrations but I’d choose a picnic on the beach under a full moon over a formal restaurant dining room. Those evenings are usually spent with my parents when they come visit. Going out with them is a rare treat so then we make a big deal out of it, plus ordering with my dad around is an adventure in itself (I’d better savethat for another post).
What about the Champagne Sorbet? (good you’re still reading) Well, we had most of the bottle left and still some fizz in it but no real urge or desire to drink it right away. What to do? Cocktails, vinegars, sauces,….Sorbet!!! Since it was still scorching hot outside I figured it would be a great way to end dinner that night.
The recipe could not be any simpler and if you do not have an ice cream maker, do not worry. Once you are ready to freeze the sorbet mixture, pour it into a glass container and freeze for a couple of hours. With an handheld immersion blender, Kitchen Aid or hand mixer, whisk the dough for a miute or so. Return the dish to the freezer and repeat a couple more times. Et Voila!
Champage Sorbet, adapted from Kieran at Ice Cream Ireland (how I wish I were his neighbor!)
Serves 6 (or one tipsy Tartelette!)
500 ml water
250 ml good quality Champagne
50 ml lemon juice
Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Let cool completely.
Stir in the champagne and lemon juice.
Process in your ice cream machine following the manufacturer’s instructions or use the method described above.
Nora B. July 20, 2007 um 1:49 am
Happy Anniversary! I don’t think that it’s necessary to do something extravagant. This year, we celebrated our anniversary in a similar way, grilled seafood and homemade pizza at home (he cooked because I work longer hours than he does) and we opened a nice bottle of wine. Staying at home meant that we can really savour the time together without being obstructed by waiters, etc.
This champagne sorbet is a great way not to waste good left over champagne. esp with the weather you are having there. I made champagne jelly (with bresh berries) the last time I had left-overs.
monica July 20, 2007 um 1:52 am
happy anniversary! i wish you many more sweet years! and i love love love champange sorbet…
Lis July 20, 2007 um 1:59 am
Hey! You didn’t mention anything about your sorbet drunk yahoo’ing with me and Marce!! hahaha!
I’m glad it was a nice night for you guys – and the sorbet looks as good as I imagined it would. Yum!
Anh July 20, 2007 um 2:48 am
Helen, happy anniversary! I believe both of you had good time celebrating together. 🙂 and it’s so sweet that love is shown everyday, not just on any special occasion.
Mandy July 20, 2007 um 4:41 am
happy anniversary. Our’s was a day earlier than yours. And we didn’t do anything extravagant too. It’s more important that we get to spend some quality time together, which matters to us. 🙂
Pille July 20, 2007 um 6:12 am
Wonderful! My ice cream attachment has arrived, and I’m looking for dairy-free recipes, so this one would work like a charm!
Rosa's Yummy Yums July 20, 2007 um 6:41 am
That sorbet looks fabulous! I love it’s contrasting color!
Meeta K. Wolff July 20, 2007 um 7:41 am
Happy Happy Anniversary to both of you. Lots of hugs and kisses coming your way. That sorbet is a perfect and refreshing way to celebrate. One day we’ll have to share our crazy stories because a lot of what you wrote in this post sounds like it could have been out of my own life!!
Rosa July 20, 2007 um 7:56 am
This sorbet will encourage us all to open bottles of Champagne more often, which can only be a good thing! Merci.
Anonymous July 20, 2007 um 9:16 am
That sounds a wonderful picnic. Happy anniversary!
Eva July 20, 2007 um 9:47 am
Congratulations! There’s a time for fancy restaurants, and there’s a time for dinner in the porch. Most importantly, it seems like you both enjoyed yourselves very much!
MyKitchenInHalfCups July 20, 2007 um 9:52 am
I’m liking the sound of the moonlight on the beach picnic. No beach in Dallas (plenty of heat) so we spent our anniversary with a nice wine and small bites on our roof deck.
I’ll try to rememeber the sorbet for leftover champagne. That would be smart and I’d probably enjoy it more.
Vivi July 20, 2007 um 11:53 am
Happy Anniversary! This year, our anniversary coincides with our vacation to visit some family up in Pas-de-Calais. I hope we at least remember it! It sounds like you and we are a lot alike – why celebrate one day when you can show your love everyday!
Now, I’ll have to see if I can find an ice cream maker in France… 😉
Fun Man July 20, 2007 um 12:02 pm
wow.. yummy yummy 🙂
Anonymous July 20, 2007 um 12:20 pm
Happy anniversary! No better way than to prolong the celebration with your champagne sorbet. It looks wonderful in the blue glass..
Anonymous July 20, 2007 um 1:24 pm
Happy Anniversary to you two lovebirds. It is great that you celebrate and honor your marriage everyday. That’s the way it should be! Congratulations!
Cheryl July 20, 2007 um 2:48 pm
Happy anniversary. Your champagne sorbet is such a beautiful way to celebrate. I will keep it in mind when ours comes around.
Marce July 20, 2007 um 4:48 pm
hahahaha I´m with Lis, you should have included a warning saying something like: "indulging in this sorbet until late hours can cause acute typing problems, proceed at your own risk"
Hilda July 20, 2007 um 5:13 pm
Happy Anniversary! et comme toi je suis bien plus contente de faire quelque chose de simple et sympa qu’une grande production dans un étoile Michelin.
I am keeping this recipe for left-over champagne as we do not drink much in the house and there is always some left.
Abby July 20, 2007 um 5:44 pm
Happy Anniversary! I like low-key nights … although I’ve only celebrated one so far we don’t do much more than eat out, if that!
And sauteeing the zucchini would be MUCH better. That raw stuff was icky.
Wendy July 20, 2007 um 7:41 pm
Happy anniversary! Adore champagne sorbet but have only had it in restaurants. That may have to change..
Laura July 20, 2007 um 8:00 pm
Happy anniversary Helene! I live two hours drive away from those Murphy boys and believe me it’s still too far!
Karen Baking Soda July 20, 2007 um 9:09 pm
Happy anniversary! Sounds like an ideal night to me, trust, love, understanding and a sip of champagne, together with grilled seafood, could anyone wish for more?
Susan from Food Blogga July 20, 2007 um 11:13 pm
Happy anniversary to you both! Thanks for sharing this dairy-free treat; it sounds so deliciously refreshing. Plus, I have the same dish in green, so now I know just how pretty it will look. 🙂
Blame It on Paris July 21, 2007 um 12:59 am
Happy Anniversary! We got married in July, too, in Georgia. NOT the best month. 🙂
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 21, 2007 um 11:49 am
Happy anniversary! And really, what were you thinking getting married in July? I think it would be lovely to celebrate with champagne sorbet every year.
Big Boys Oven July 21, 2007 um 12:58 pm
Woah! Looks like a real thirst killer you have there. By the end of the day, I will be in heaven….
Anonymous July 21, 2007 um 2:17 pm
Beautiful. It looks cool and refreshing – perfect for the July bride. Happy Anniversary!
Inne July 22, 2007 um 10:16 am
Happy anniversary! I wish you many more happy years together. With lots of cookies and kinder eggs 🙂