1 cup sugar
1/2 cup very good cocoa powder (recommended: Pernigotti)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups water
1/4 cup brewed espresso (1 shot)
11/2 tablespoons coffee liqueur (recommended: Tia Maria)
In a large saucepan, mix the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in 2 cups water and the espresso. Cook over low heat until the ingredients are dissolved. Off the heat, stir in the coffee liqueur. Transfer to plastic containers and refrigerate until very cold.
Freeze the mixture in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. The sorbet will still be soft; place it in a plastic container and freeze for 1 hour or overnight, until firm enough to scoop.
This sorbet was a little too chocolaty for my taste. Instead of coffee liquor (I can’t stand coffee) I used Irish Bailey’s instead. I know Ina also says that if you add coffee to chocolate it enhances the flavor, but if you don’t like the taste of coffee you can really tell the difference.