Mexican Food Made Simple

Raspberry and tequila nieve

Hugely popular in Mexico, this simple sorbet makes a refreshing end to a summer lunch.

Raspberry and tequila nieve

A nieve is a simple water ice or sorbet. Hugely popular in Mexico, thanks to the hot weather and the enormous range of fruits, they are easy puddings to make ahead of time and are a refreshing end to a summer lunch.

Serves 4
Cooking time: 25 minutes


200g caster sugar
500g raspberries
juice of ½ lime
3 tablespoons tequila


  1. Gently heat 150g of the sugar with 150ml water in a heavy bottomed pan to make a sugar syrup. When the sugar has dissolved, boil for 3 minutes, remove from the heat and set aside.  
  2. Purée the raspberries and remaining sugar in a food processor.
  3. Pass the purée through a sieve to remove the pips.
  4. Add the sugar syrup to the purée, together with the lime juice and only 1 tablespoon of the tequila (too much alcohol will mean the nieve will never freeze properly).
  5. Pour the mixture into a shallow freezer-proof container or tray and place in the freezer for about 2 hours until partially frozen.
  6. After 2 hours, remove the nieve from the freezer and mix it up with a fork to break up any ice that is forming. Return to the freezer and leave for another hour. Repeat the process until you have a crunchy frozen nieve.
  7. Serve the nieve in small bowls with a little extra tequila poured on top.

Recipes from Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers © Thomasina Miers 2010, published by Hodder & Stoughton

Photographer Claire Wilks © Blink Films 2011

Comments (11)

  • Mona

    almost 2 years ago


    I just watched this episode, what kind of tequila did she recommend again?

  • Gareth

    over 2 years ago


    Wow. I've just fallen in love with you Thomasina x

  • Edna

    almost 3 years ago


    I made it and it was superb!!!

  • wendy

    almost 3 years ago


    Just made this with strawberries and it was AMAZING .. yum! yum!

  • Brian

    almost 3 years ago


    I made this on Saturday for guests and it was a stunning success (so much, my wife says I'm now in charge of puddings). Luckily I made twice the amount, so I have some left. Don't forget the tequila on top, it really does add something special.

  • Margaret Parkin

    almost 3 years ago

    Margaret Parkin

    Meg Good show entering competion

  • Jean

    almost 3 years ago


    Looks amazing and easy. Good show.

  • Rich

    almost 3 years ago


    This looks amazing. Truly alcafrolic!

  • Candice

    almost 3 years ago


    This looks fab for parties, will definitely be making these for our next dinner party x

  • Jane

    almost 3 years ago


    Looks yummy - will give Nigella's tequila ice cream a break and make this next dinner party!

  • Helen

    almost 3 years ago


    This looks brilliant, can't wait to try it.