Summer Sweet Watermelon Sorbet

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To me, watermelon and summer are synonymous. A fresh, juicy slice with any barbecue is a must! But sometimes, I like to try a little something different. Sorbet is an easy dessert that makes a great finish to a picnic meal or simply a fabulous treat to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 cups seeded, chopped watermelon
1/4 cup lime juice

Optional:  4 Tbsp. white rum (or your preferred alcohol)

In a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool.

In a blender or food processor, puree the watermelon. Slowly add the cooled sugar water. Add lemon juice and mix for 10 seconds more.

Note: Because alcohol does not freeze, it keeps the sorbet soft. If you are using alcohol, add it now. 


Pour watermelon mix into a freezer safe container.  Cover dish and place in the freezer. It will take several hours to freeze completely.


Once per hour; pull the sorbet from the freezer and mash it up with a fork. When you’re ready to serve, remove it from the freezer and mash it with a fork again or place it in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Alternative freeze method: Use an ice-cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

For extra watermelon flavor, eliminate the water and replace it with more watermelon puree.


This recipe works with other fruits, too: 

  • For Lemons – substitute 1 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 tbsp. lemon rind for the watermelon and lime juice. 
  • For Oranges – substitute 5 cups orange juice and 2 tbsp. grated orange peel for the water, watermelon and lime juice. 
  • For Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries – substitute 6 cups fresh or frozen berries for watermelon.

After making, all you need to do is kick back and enjoy the taste of summer!


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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Comments

    • Grace Hodgin
    • July 15, 2012
    Reply

    Yummy and refreshing. I’ll have to try this one.

    • Maria Briggs
    • July 15, 2012
    Reply

    Thanks for this recipe! I’m definitely going to give it a try this week!

    • Pam
    • July 19, 2012
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    Have I told you how much I wish you lived near me? I would visit around dinner time most every evening!

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