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 the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, wen 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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    • Grace Hodgin
    • July 15, 2012

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

    • Maria Briggs
    • July 15, 2012

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

    • Pam
    • July 19, 2012

    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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