I bought some red currants at my town’s Farmer’s market recently.

red currants

I was so pleased because they’re not easy to come by, and I cannot overstate how much I enjoy these tart little gems. I almost ate them all in one sitting!

I thought about putting the ones that I did not initially devour into a sweet goodie, but it’s so very hot…I did not want to bake.

So I decided to play up their sour side by incorporating them into a lime sorbet.

photo of limes

I took a chance and made this for dessert the night some new friends were coming over for dinner. I wasn’t sure this was a good plan…what if the recipe bombed?

Well, I am happy to report that the sorbet turned out to be delightful in every way. We loved the pretty pink hue, and thought the sweet/tart flavor was perfectly balanced. I’m hoping I can find more red currants this weekend so that I can make it again.

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More recipes with currants:

Red Currant Pie with A Sourdough Crust from Nourished Kitchen
Red Currant Jam from David Lebovitz
Red Currant, Pomegranate, and Kefir Lassi from Healthy Green Kitchen
Homemade Cassis (with black currants) from Nutmeg Nanny


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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 17, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love the colors! I cannot wait to get my hands on some red currants…yum!

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    Winnie — July 18, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I’ve really been enjoying your cassis lately. I mix it with a little maple syrup, sparkly water, fresh lime, and a little orange bitters over lots of ice. SO GOOD!

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    Eileen — July 18, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    Red currants–hooray! The last time I had a bunch of red currants, I picked them all off their million little stems and baked them into a peach-currant crumble–but I must admit, this sorbet sounds much more appropriate for the summer heat. Yay!

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    Winnie — July 18, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Those suckers sure are a pain to stem, right?! But it’s worth it. I hope you get a change to try the sorbet.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 18, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    I’ve never had the chance to try currants, but this sorbet is just stunning!

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    Winnie — July 18, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Thanks Laura ;)

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    tristen — July 18, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    What ice cream maker do you use? I have a cuisinart one that is about 7 years old and I can’t stand it. It is difficult to use and doesn’t do a very good job! I keep thinking there must be a better one available now that I will be easy and do a good job.

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    Winnie — July 18, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Hi Tristen,
    I updated the recipe with the link to the ice cream maker I have. It’s a 2 qt one by Cuisinart and I think it’s great.

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    Diane — July 19, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    You nailed with this recipe. I’ve had a red currant bush for 3 years and never quite knew what to do with the berries. This is amazing – color, taste, and I love the idea of adding vodka to keep the texture from getting too icy!!

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    yumgoggle — July 19, 2012 @ 4:32 am

    Fresh red currant juice is my favorite. And this summer, juice translates to a sorbet or a shake for me. This is beyond heavenly! I love!

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    Suzanne — July 20, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Beautiful and a perfect flavor combination!

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    amelia from z tasty life — July 23, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    they look like rubies!!! and this sorbet must taste so incredibly refreshing

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    art and lemons — July 23, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    You know I rarely buy currants but will absolutely change that for this sorbet. I like the maple syrup sweetness against the sour currant and lime pairing, and the color, oh the color is lovely!

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    MikeVFMK — August 2, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    Yes! absolutely love red currants and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate them. And this here is exactly what I had in mind. Lovely Winnie!