Black Grapes Sherbet is incredibly a cooling, refreshing, soothing cold Indian beverage, quick and easy to make. It is an excellent and satisfying thirst quencher beverage full of flavors, attractive to look and luscious Grapes in considered the ‘queen of fruits’ and a storehouse of enormous health promoting phyto-nutrients such as poly-phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals.
Grapes botanically are small round berries grown in clusters on a perennial and deciduous woody vine of the genus: Vitis. They are native to Europe and Mediterranean regions but now widely cultivated all over the planet. Grapes either black or green are eaten raw and also used for making jam, juice, jelly, raising and the very popular and luscious wine.
Grape juice is obtained from just crushing and blending grapes into a liquid. The juice is often sold in stores or fermented and made into wine, brandy, or vinegar. Black Grape Juice or Sherbet is dark purpled colored fruit juice made by processing black grapes. It is made of fresh grape pulp, sugar and preservative. This remarkably colorful sherbet can be stored for few months.
Grape juice is easy to make and can be prepared at household level by extracting juice from the crushed pulp using a juicer and then straining it out. Generally the black grape juice is supplied in airtight jars and containers ensuring purity and freshness and also to maintain freshness and flavor of the juice. Indian beverages grasp a significant portion of the Indian food section.
A traditional Indian meal with every course is considered incomplete without sherbet. There are umpteen recipes made with a variety of fruits to serve a sherbet that is absolutely blissful. By mere drinking of a luscious and appetizing Sherbet, helps you with stand the humid Indian summers turned into a chilled atmosphere. The sweet, salty, tangy or chilli taste of Indian sherbets, topped with ice, brings a refreshing and serene effect to the mind.
An even more interesting fact that stands out is that, one needs not necessarily burn out a huge sum of money to drink one; the sherbets can be prepared at home, with readily available ingredients. The variety of sherbets made in a strict Indian desi-style, lends the cool drink its definitive edge, strictly concocted to make people smile amidst sultriness. The fruits used like, raw mango, melon, lemon, watermelon or even a drink prepared with tamarind and asafoetida, makes Indian sherbets illustrious worldwide.
Few of the immensely popular, trendy and admired sherbets are Nimbu Paani (it’s a simple refreshing drink made with lemon juice and water which is an excellent way to re-hydrate the body to beat the heat), Orange-Mosambi Sherbet, Raw Mango Sherbet (commonly known as Aam Panna made with green raw mango, sugar and water), Kokum Sherbet (a tangy Indian beverage popularly made in the state of Maharashtra and Goa regions), Mango Lime Lychee Sherbet etc.
The word Sherbet is derived from the Persian word Sharbat, which is an iced fruit drink, iced desserts were introduced to the West via the Middle East. In the late 20th century there was a revival of the practice of serving a tart sherbet or sorbet between the courses of an elaborate meal to refresh the palate. Sorbets and sherbets are similar, but there are some important differences.
For example, sorbets are friendly to lactose-intolerant individuals since they don't contain any dairy products. Sherbet on the other hand can contain dairy in it. Despite that difference, the two icy treats are very similar in their base ingredients. Sorbets are made with puréed fruits, sugar, and water and sherbets are made with those three same ingredients.
To prepare this luscious Black Grape Sherbet, firstly pat juice and sugar in a deep vessel Heat and stir gently till sugar dissolves. Bring this to a boil simmering for 2 to 3 minutes. Take off from fire and rest to cool. Add sodium benzoate and mix well. Pour the juice into sterilized sauce bottles and seal tightly. Refrigerate after a bottle is opened.
Do try this recipe and just drink a glass of freshly prepared black grape juice and it will boost your energy levels within minutes, as it is high in iron. It is recommended in pregnancy.
Grape juice is highly nutritious and beneficial to our health due to presence of antioxidants, which help fight various health disorders. It also contains flavonoids, known to decrease hypercholesterolemia and prevent clogging of the arteries.
So, include them in your regular diet, be it in the form of fresh fruits, juice or in salads! Sherbet lends itself well to punch because it's available in a variety of fruit flavors and dissolves easier than ice cream due to its lower milk content. The punch is one of the last things you should prepare for a party, because you want it to serve it fresh.
To keep it cold without watering down the flavor, nestle the punch bowl in a tray filled with ice.