Welcome to the new home of TVFGI!   Erin and Melissa from Woodenspoons Kitchen have given my site a complete makeover and I love it.  There’s so much to explore, and it’s going to take a little time to get used to the new set up.  I’ll be be working out the kinks in the next couple of weeks, so bear with me and be sure to let me know if you experience any problems — I’ll try to get it sorted out asap.  In the meantime, feel free to poke around and make yourself at home!

I found these Black Emerald seedless grapes at last week’s farmer’s market.  From now through the beginning of fall the grapes will be incredible, so definitely plan to use them in as many ways as you can before they’re gone.  Lots of varieties are now being grown seedless, but the good news is that, for this sorbet, it doesn’t matter whether your grapes have seeds or not because you’ll be straining the puree anyway.   And honestly, sometimes the older varieties with seeds have the best flavor; give them a taste test before making your choice.  I’ve used brown sugar and cognac to accent and emphasize the flavor of these beauties.

This is the kind of sorbet that you’ll want to serve in smaller portions after a nice summer meal.   It’s a good thing it’s suited to small portions, because that pound of grapes shrinks to less than 2 cups after you’ve pureed and strained them.  That’s ok, though, because this is more intensely flavored and satisfying than most sorbets.  It has some substance to it, and a slight kick from the alcohol, so a little goes a long way.


Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet


  • 1 lb black grapes, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • juice of 2 small lemons
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp cognac


  1. Puree the grapes in a food processor. Add the sugar, lemon juice and water. Run the machine again to mix well.
  2. Leave the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then strain it. I used a mesh strainer and pushed as much of the pulp through as I could with the back of a spoon. I was left with 2 cups.
  3. Add the cognac and put the mixture in the refrigerator until chilled.
  4. Process the mixture in your ice cream machine according to directions. Eat right away or freeze for a firmer texture.

Play up the grape/wine connection by serving this in wine glasses, garnished with some mint leaves and a few reserved grapes.



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20 Responses to Black Grape and Cognac Sorbet

  1. Patti says:

    I am trying this sorbet. I wiil sub agave for brown sugar for lower glycemic. Sounds super delish!

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  3. Dom says:

    must have been sleeping for the past few days… love this combo for ice-cream… i’ve FINALLY succumbed and popped my ice-cream maker bowl into the freezer… I think the cognac must be so lovely with the grape, I can imagine this on a hot summers evening after a large meal, just to help cleanse the palate before cheese… oooh yes PLEASE!

  4. i love the new site my friend and this sorbet is just drawing me in and screaming make me. I love the rich color and the flavor of the grape and cognac together is exciting!

  5. Kim Williams says:

    Hey Sue
    I am so loving your new web site, Woodenspoons Kitchen did an amazing job and it is really user friendly and I found the “print key” right away. I have
    turned on a few of my friends who also love to cook to your blog and they are loving it as well. Can’t wait to see more of your recipes and also I might add your pictures continuously
    make me drool so I am now wearing a dribble bib. LOL.

    • Sue says:

      Thanks, Kim, I am so glad to have the print function, at least for recipes going forward. I may try to transfer all the rest of the recipes to ziplist, too, but that may take some time! Glad you like the new site.

  6. Sulpicia says:

    The site looks great. Congrats!

  7. The site looks gorgeous..very fresh and clean with big bold photos. The sorbet is a great color and I can imagine the flavors are rich and very grownup!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks, Sarah, they did do a really nice job on the site. As for the sorbet, there are so many more fruits, etc. try try, I don’t think I’ll be putting my ice cream maker away this winter.

  8. WOW! Love your new site Sue. It’s just beautiful, so classy and simple yet elegant. It just fits you to a tee! This sorbet looks so refreshing, love the vibrant color, what a great recipe for your debut!

  9. Cathy says:

    I love the new look of your site- it’s so fun to browse the recipes by thumbnail. Congratulations!

  10. hungry dog says:

    Love the new look–it’s gorgeous. As is the sorbet!

  11. Oh Sue – Oh wow! I LOVE your new look. I LOVE your photo – and I LOVE this recipe! So glad the sorbet worked for you. This is just great – congratulations on this amazing transformation! Is that enough exclamation points???!!!!??? You rock :)

  12. Sue says:

    Thanks Mary—it’s like moving into a new house!

  13. Mary says:

    Sue!!! I absolutely LOVE the new site. I’m in awe. It looks fantastic. The recipe index is beautiful and I’ve already gotten lost in it!

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