Elderflower & Grapefruit Gin Tonic Sorbet


I know it’s not sorbet weather yet but since I was testing the New Magimix Gelato expert, I thought of making my drink of choice at the moment into a sorbet. It is fresh and not overly sweet. The sweetness of the elderflower cordial balances the tartness of the grapefruit. This is great if you have a dinner party and don’t feel like baking a dessert.

This recipe makes about 1 litter of sorbet.


100ml of water

150grs of granulated sugar

100ml of gin

500ml of tonic water

1 shot of elderflower cordial

Juice and zest of 1 large grapefruit (I used ruby red)


Edible flowers

Grapefruit slices


Place the water, sugar and grapefruit zest in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook while stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then place it in the fridge until it is cold.

Once the syrup is cold, pass it through a sieve and discard of the zest. Then add the elderflower cordial, tonic water, gin and the grapefruit juice. Mix well. Pour it into your ice cream machine and let it churn according to its instructions. I used the manual mode on the Magimix Gelato Expert, you can see my review by clicking here. It took about 40 minutes of churning and it was firm enough to be scooped right away.


You can serve it with edible flowers and grapefruit slices. If you are not going to eat it right away, just store it in an air tight container in the freezer.

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Gin & Tonic Sorbet in Amsterdam



Mister Cocktail and Metropolitan Deli have developed 5 different combinations of gin & tonic sorbets. I was very excited when I got invited to taste them last Tuesday. I mean, a cocktail in dessert form! Who doesn’t like that? They are made with 5 different kinds of gin: Mombasa, Bobby’s, Sloane’s, Gin Mare and Sipsmith, and different kinds of Fever –Tree tonic. A real adult treat. They are very smooth on the palate. You can taste the alcohol as if you were having a drink. My favorite was the one with Mombasa gin. You can get a scoop or two at Metropolitan Deli in Amsterdam. They are open every day from 9 till 1:00 am.

Metropolitan Deli (Warmoesstraat 135, Amsterdam)