Watermelon Sorbet

It sure is getting hot here in Chicagoland! And by hot, I mean we’re nearing triple digits. It honestly feels like you’re walking in an oven as soon as you step outside. Lucky for you, I have the perfect treat to cool down with: Watermelon Sorbet!

My husband is a big watermelon fan, so we have it in the house pretty much all summer. We were out of ice cream and I needed something sweet, but also cool, so I snuck a few cups of watermelon and turned it into some of the best sorbet I’ve ever made (if I do say so myself). I found this recipe and then adapted it a little after reading some of the reviews.

This sorbet is sweet, a little tart, and very refreshing. It’s a breeze to make, so there are no excuses, people! Go make this now 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon

Directions

  1. Heat water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool.
  2. Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Whisk watermelon, lime juice and syrup together in a large bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions until it reaches “soft-serve” consistency.
  5. Transfer sorbet to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal.
  6. Allow sorbet to ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Orange Lemon Sorbet

Who says there’s no such thing as Global Warming?! It’s 80 degrees in March!

I always keep sweets in the house, but lately it’s been cakes and cookies. I opened the freezer hoping I’d find popsicles or sorbet, but all I found was a quarter pint of Ben and Jerry’s Red Velvet Ice Cream. Yummy, but not what I was looking for.

Sorbet is one of the easiest things to make – water and sugar are the staples, so as long as you have some kind of juice on hand, you’re good to go. Due to the colds and flu that have been going around, I was sure to find some OJ in the fridge. Add a couple lemons and some sparkly pink bubbles (optional) and voila!

The result was better than I had hoped for. Light, fruity, refreshing, with just the right balance of sweet and sour for my taste buds. Enjoy!

Orange Lemon Sorbet

Ingredients:
2 – 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Lemon rind from 2 lemons
2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 medium sized lemons)
1/3 cup bubbly wine

Directions:

  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add lemon rind strips to the pan. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
  3. Strain the sugar mixture, reserving the liquid and discarding the solids.
  4. Cool the sugar mixture completely.
  5. Add orange juice, lemon juice and bubbly to the sugar mixture and stir well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl of an ice-cream machine. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container and freeze for an hour or until firm.