Blackcurrant & mint sorbet

Blackcurrant & mint sorbet

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins - 35 mins Plus freezing

More effort

Serves 4 - 6
Bursting with dramatic and intense flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (for 4)

  • kcal301
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars56g
  • fibre7g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.08g


  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 20g pack fresh mint, plus some small sprigs, to serve



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 750g blackcurrants



    The most intensely coloured and flavoured of all currants, blackcurrants are highly aromatic and…

  • 4 tbsp liquid glucose
  • juice of 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • small sprigs of fresh mint, to serve



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Make a syrup by stirring the sugar with the boiling water until dissolved, then steep the mint sprigs in it until cool, about 15 mins. Discard the mint.

  2. Cook the blackcurrants in the syrup with the glucose for about 5 mins until the fruit is soft. Whizz in a food processor, then strain into a bowl through a sieve (not nylon), rubbing with the back of a ladle or spoon to remove the pips. Stir in the lemon juice and cool.

  3. Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions until it becomes a thick slush, then scoop into a freezer container and freeze. Or pour into a shallow freezer container and beat 3 or 4 times as it freezes. Before serving, allow to thaw and soften for about 10 mins, then serve with sprigs of fresh mint.

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Abena's picture
29th Jul, 2016
Easy to make and taste great. Not too sweet , just the right amount of mint and the lemon really adds to the flavour. Fruity and refreshing with a zingy hint and that colour! Would definitely make again.
8th Jul, 2015
Could Golden Syrup work as a substitute for glucose in this recipe?
2nd Jul, 2014
Absolutely delicious and fabulous colour! I always reduce sugar in recipes so reduced to 150g sugar and omitted glucose syrup. Very happy with end result.
18th Aug, 2013
Worked well- gorgeous flavours. Didn't use an ice cream maker- just stirred a couple of times.
9th Aug, 2013
Lovely recipe, very easy. Left the mint leaves in as they were strained with the blackcurrants anyway. Added 2 tbs of cassis at the end to mine. Delicious!
21st Sep, 2012
Superb flavour but very rich, used my own blackcurrants from the garden which made a change from jam making. I have mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
23rd Aug, 2011
Intense flavour, a fabulous way to enjoy this increasingly difficult to find and under rated summer fruit (don't let Ribena take them all). Jam is just too boring. You may enjoy it with a little less sugar, lemon juice is essential.
13th Jul, 2011
Funny cos the previous person found this sorbet very sweet... but for us it was quite the opposite, we had to add loads of sugar syrup to make it sweet enough! Wouldn't make again...
26th Dec, 2007
Beautiful colour and easy recipe, but this sorbet is very, very sweet - consider yourselves warned!
13th Jul, 2019
Do the blackcurrants need any prep. I'm not sure if the sieve will stop 'tops and tales' going through?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Jul, 2019
Thanks for your question. You just need to remove them from their stalks and wash them.
Sue Marsden's picture
Sue Marsden
18th Jul, 2018
Why not a nylon sieve?
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Jul, 2018
Thanks for your question. The blackcurrants are quite staining and may discolour the sieve.
Jane Bardgett
16th Aug, 2013
Can i make this without the Glucose? as i notice some sorbets dont use it. What does the liquide glucose do, can i replace it with sugar?
20th Aug, 2017
Glucose is usually added to sugar syrup to stop it crystalising on the side of the pan and completely crystalising :) Only really for when you want to boil the sugar down thick, to caramel etc. Should be fine without it.
24th Jul, 2018
Don't throw away the pips, spoon into a jam jar and have on toast, or mix into natural yoghurt for a fruity high fibre yoghurt.
20th Aug, 2017
Some say its too sweet and some too sour. It depends on your blackcurrants as to the sweetness. Sour currants, sour sorbet.
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