With summer in full swing, I thought it was time to roll out this unique sorbet recipe for you to have some fun with. While I’ve never seen Portugals (say pooteegal if you’re old school) readily available outside Trinidad and Tobago (no it’s not Jamaican ugly fruit), you can use clementines or mandarins and if all fails, you can rock it with Seville or Navel oranges. Blood Oranges? Maybe I’ll test that next yea.
2 cups Portugal Juice (or any citrus)
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon honey
2 cups Prosecco
2 tablespoon Rose water
Note! The Portugals are really unique in sweetness (sometimes tart) and when you peel the skin back, the rind got a scent unlike any citrus I’ve ever encountered. The color of the skin ranges from green to yellow to orange, and if you get some near the end of the season, you’ll get juicy pulp beads of condensed juice.
Juice the Portugals (cut in half and squeeze – you want the rind to give it some of it’s natural pungency) I used a 50 – 50 mix of clementines and Portugals as I only had about 4-5 of them and they would not yield the amount of juice we needed to make this wonderful sorbet.
Be sure to remove the seeds, but keep the pulp as it will give the finished sorbet some texture.
In a large bowl, add the Prosecco and mix in the sugar, honey and Rose water. Whisk!
Pour this mixture into your sorbet maker and organize according to the user manual.
About 22 minutes later my ice cream maker started laboring so I knew it was time to shut things down. With any frozen treat I make, I placed the finished sorbet into a freezer container and into the freezer for an hour or so to firm up a bit more.
Use fresh, or keep in the freezer for those scorching days of summer. This recipe is heavily influenced by a similar (I’m not sure what specifically their chef used) sorbet we enjoyed at Krave Restaurant in Trinidad and Tobago.