Cola sorbet
If you like the flavour of Cola, it is hard to beat the feeling;-)
  • 500 ml (about 2 cups) Cola soda drink (regular, rather than diet types)
  • About 100 ml (slightly less than ½ cup) Agave nectar or similar inverted sugar [provided your soda is sweetened with sugar, not corn syrup! If the soda already is sweetened with corn syrup, instead add about 1 full cup of sugar]
  • About 2-4 tablespoons of sugar (possibly more, if no inverted sugar is used!)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • (optional: 1 whipped egg white)
  1. Prepare the sorbet base by simply mixing together Cola with the sweeteners (Agave nectar and/or sugar). Blend until the sweeteners have dissolved completely (possibly by heating the mixture slightly).
  2. Add the juice of the lemon.
  3. Check that the sorbet base is sugary enough by using the Egg test (described in the post), possibly adding some more sweeteners to increase the sugar content to appropriate level.
  4. Make sure the sorbet base is cold, preferably even chilled.
  5. If using, add the whipped egg white to the base.
  6. Churn in an ice cream machine according to instructions.
  7. Put in freezer container, cover with plastic film and lid. Put in the freezer.
As with most sorbets, be careful not to over-churn the sorbet. Rather than letting it over-churn, rely on the freezer to put the finishing stabilising touch to the sorbet. The (optional) whipped egg white will improve the consistency of the sorbet, but will matter more in the cases where you do not plan to enjoy the sorbet relatively soon after churning (in other words, no need for egg whites if you intend to serve the sorbet soon after preparing it!) The Agave nectar (or similar inverted sugar) is useful for improving the consistency of the sorbet without adding too much sweetness. If you do not use inverted sugar, be prepared to add more sugar (and then, suggestively, even more lemon juice). You can also prepare this recipe in the traditional sorbet way, using a simple sugar syrup, mixed with some Cola soda, and lemon juice. You should use the Egg test to get the sweetness level right, but a good starting point could likely be one part Cola soda per two parts simple sugar syrup (and the simple sugar syrup could be made up of equal parts of sugar and water).