A GELATO maker with kiosks in west Dorset has launched a flu buster sorbet for the winter season.

Baboo Gelato, which has kiosks in West Bay and Lyme Regis, has concocted the icy treat, which can be consumed alone or with a shot of whiskey and enjoyed as a frozen toddy.

The non-alcoholic version was originally made for the founder's children, and latterly included whiskey for adults.

Annie Hanbury, founder of Baboo, concocted the flu buster sorbet - which is made of orange and lemon juice - to provide vitamin C, honey to soothe the throat and a kick of cayenne and ginger to clear the airways.

The sorbet is made from ingredients sourced as locally as possible and is on sale from their kiosks in West Bay and Lyme Regis from £3 per tub.

Annie drew inspiration for Baboo Gelato from her time spent living in Singapore - the Sunday walks with her husband and four young children always ended up at the Island Creamery.

After moving back to the UK, Annie found that there was a lack of good-quality gelato despite the abundance of incredible fruit, a valley famous for its fertility, and dairy farms all around. She missed her children’s excitement and wonder as they chose from an array of colours and flavours. Wanting to recapture this magic, Annie decided to make her own.

In 2013 and 2014 she studied gelato making at the Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. Here she learned from the world’s master gelatieres the science of ice cream making.

Annie spent a year perfecting her original recipes before launching the business in March 2015. Baboo Gelato now has several kiosks in West Bay and Lyme Regis and supplies local restaurants and delis such as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage.

In this year alone Baboo's plum sorbet was one of three finalists in the 2018 Taste of the West Awards and it won eight awards including four golds. Baboo also won eight stars from Great Taste including three two star awards for the pear sorbet, plum sorbet and peanut choc gelato.

The gelato is available in 31 flavours.