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Red, White, and Blue Sorbet Floats

by Liren Baker

Liren Baker is the voice behind the blog Kitchen Confidante, where she shares taste and inspiration in the kitchen. Inspired by the beauty of food, what it represents, what it invokes, and what we can create out of it, she shares recipes and images that remind her of her heritage, her childhood in New York, and the vibrant culinary culture she has learned to embrace in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives.

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  • Red, White, and Blue Sorbet Floats

    1 pint raspberry sorbet
    1 pint coconut sorbet
    1 pint blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    Your favorite sparkling juice, soda, or wine

    Use an ice cream scoop to place a small scoop of raspberry sorbet in each glass. Drop in some blueberries, followed by a small scoop of coconut sorbet. Layer with more blueberries and one final scoop of raspberry sorbet. Pour in your favorite sparkling beverage. Serve immediately.

    Sparkling juices and sodas work well for kids of all ages. But if you're hosting an elegant dinner celebration, why not sparkle things up with sparkling wine? Italian prosecco and Spanish cava are excellent choices that won't break the bank.
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