Watermelon Mint Sorbet

homemade watermelon, mint and lime sorbet
This weekend, I was overwhelmed by the variety of gorgeous fresh produce at the farmers’ market. I couldn’t resist a basket of peaches, bright green cucumbers, and this beautiful 12 pound watermelon. I lugged it around in my arms like a big baby.

Watermelon, a classic summer treat, is delicious in juicy slices, but I took it to a whole new level with this frozen watermelon, mint and lime sorbet. The sorbet consists almost primarily of watermelon, with very little sugar added. A few tablespoons of rum improve the consistency of this frozen treat.

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Watermelon Mint Sorbet
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds of watermelon, seeded and scooped into big chunks (that’s the most that would fit in my blender)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons white rum
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon mint, chopped (I wish I had used more than pictured above!)
Instructions
  1. Toss watermelon chunks, sugar, lime juice and rum in a blender. Pulverize the watermelon (to pulverize sounds like more fun than to purée, right?).
  2. Add the mint and blend until the mint is chopped into large flecks.
  3. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for a few hours. Serve.
Notes
  • Mildly adapted from Cookin’ Canuck.
  • The sorbet will freeze hard if left in the freezer for more than a few hours. Just set it on the counter for about 20 minutes, or until it is scoopable.
  • Yields about 3 cups.

P.s. This morning, this little blog of mine was featured on Simplesong! What a great way to start the day!

Comments

    • says

      You know you’re always welcome in Oklahoma, right? Better yet, how about I bring my ice cream maker to San Diego so I can cool off? :)

  1. says

    mmm, is there any greater summer flavor combination than watermelon + mint? this looks just so light + fresh. will be making it for sure! + maybe pairing it with my watermelon margaritas. =)

  2. says

    You know, I’m not a fan of watermelon but I do love it with lime a whole lot. I love the addition of rum (of course!) and a pinch of sea salt would be perfect. Time to pick up a melon and put it to good use!

  3. says

    Just found this delicious looking creation on Food Gawker. What a perfect summer treat. Tucking this one away for a hot summer day. Gorgeous photos!

  4. says

    So happy to find your blog Kate! I have been sucked in for an hour now withe gorgeous photos and recipes. Already added you to my google reader too!

  5. says

    Such beautiful watermelon sorbet photographs. I love the teeny flecks of mint in the mixture. I made a watermelon cocktail with almost these same ingredients so I know I would like this.

  6. kerry says

    I don’t have an icecream maker but would love to try the recipe. Do you have a way of making it manually that I might follow? Another gadget or machine in my kitchen might just to be a choice of it or me.

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