Combine sugar, sparkling wine, lemon peel, apricots, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool. Discard lemon peel. Transfer mixture to a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Cover and chill. Transfer mixture to the freezer can of an ice cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Scrape sorbet into a freezer-safe container; freeze 2 hours or until firm.
This is a WOW! It is by far the best frozen dessert recipe yet! Wonderful apricot flavor, the champagne is there, but not overwhelming. Second time I didn't peel the apricots. The stick blender took care of them. Sorbet was as smooth as silk.
I'll keep making it and passing out the recipe.
I actually added more wine than I was supposed to (didn't want to waste any and I am not a big drinker) and yes, you can taste the wine but you can also taste the apricots. I found this beautifully refreshing a dessert, very classy but expensive to make thanks to the wine and apricots aren't cheap. I really enjoyed this dessert and will probably make it again. I thought it was quite lovely. BTW, I froze the extra sparkling wine in an ice cube tray and will be using it to make a white sangria.
I thought this was a great recipe. The alcohol boils away from the sparkling wine. My first try the apricot was understated, but mostly because the fruit was not the most flavorful. I tried again with ripe peaches and it was fantastic.
Mostly, something in the sparkling wine keeps a wonderful consistency to the sorbet. I've always had trouble keeping sorbets from getting "icy". This did not and it was a big hit. I will try it with more fresh fruits this summer.
I totally disagree with the reviewer who didn't like this. I thought it was just great. The sparkling wine gave it an interesting flavor. Could very much taste the apricot in the sorbet. A very refreshing summer dessert.