Concord Grape Gin Sorbet

by autumn on October 8, 2013

Concord Grape Gin Sorbet || Autumn Makes & Does

Did you know that the word used to describe the strong, musky flavor of concord grapes (that some find undesirable) is “foxy?” I love it! What an endearing example of just the thing that makes something second class to some being exactly what makes others adore it. I imagine it goes without saying, but I like my grapes foxy. (I had to say it! I couldn’t resist!)

This homemade sorbet is inspired by Yossy of Apartment 2B Baking Co, who put gin in her rhubarb sorbet. It tastes great here too and it helps the ice cream be scoopable straight from the freezer (really!), which is a feat for sorbets, especially DIY ones. I had been eyeing this concord grape sorbet from Kimberley of The Year in Food for too long and it was time to give it a go. AND ADD GIN OF COURSE!

Concord Grape Gin Sorbet || Autumn Makes & Does

Concord Grape Gin Sorbet
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Autumn Giles
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Serves: 1 generous quart
  • 1 1/2 lbs concord grapes, weighed with stems
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, preferably grade B
  1. As you de-stem the grapes, pop each one out of its skin by pinching it with your fingers. Put both the skin and the flesh into a large pot with 1/4 cup water.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium high heat until the liquid begins to bubble, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 4 more minutes, until the grape flesh begins breaking apart, stirring frequently. You’re only cooking this for 8-9 minutes total.
  3. Put the sugar in a large bowl and position a food mill over the bowl.
  4. Carefully pour the warm grape mixture into the food mill and crank until only little bits of skin and seeds remain.
  5. Discard the skin and seeds, set the food mill aside, and stir the grape puree and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Stir in the gin, lime juice, and maple syrup and refrigerate until completely cool.
  7. Process according to the manufacturer’s instructions on your ice cream maker and freeze.


  • Adapted from this Concord Grape Sorbet from Martha Stewart.
  • I used my good gin for this, which is Dorothy Parker Gin, because I thought the flavors would go especially well with the grapes, but I think any gin will be delicious here.


Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

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1 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. October 9, 2013 at 1:36 am

That is so perfect – I like my grapes foxy too! Cheers to it finally being concord grape season again.


2 autumn October 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

Cheers, Casey! Thank you.


3 Cured Confection October 9, 2013 at 2:19 am

I once had Concord grape sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses at a restaurant in Toronto and it was amaaaaazing. The addition makes it a win-win for me as it is hands down my most favorite of favorites. I’ve got some Crater Lake Gin in my fridge that would be perfect in this. Thanks! Lacey


4 autumn October 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh how fascinating! I would have never thought of it as a palate cleanser.


5 Food to Fitness October 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.


6 emily June 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Absolutely love the sound of this, I once made watermelon sorbet and then my friend turned it into some sort of watermelon margarita and it was delicious!
I was wondering if you could tell me what gin you prefer to use for this recipe?

Thank you for sharing!


7 autumn June 2, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Hi Emily! Thank you! I totally should have indicated that in the recipe and of course now I don’t remember. If I was going to make this again, I’d seek out a london dry gin–like tanqueray or gordon’s (if you’re on a budget). Something that’s going to complement the grapes, rather than compete with them.


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