Saturday, June 19, 2010

Watermelon Mint Sorbet

When I was very little, my parents told me that if you swallowed watermelon seeds then a watermelon would grow inside your stomach. As it turns out, that is not true. It's a good thing because (1) that would be very painful, and (2) watermelon is delicious and without it you could not make this lovely, heat-beating sorbet.

Mint makes everything more refreshing. 

Watermelon halved.

Watermelon sliced.

Watermelon cubed.

Half a lemon to add an extra zest.



Combine mint with watermelon juice before adding it in the blender.

half a medium watermelon
1/4 cup loosely packed chopped mint
half a lemon
1/3 cup sugar (or less if it's a very sweet watermelon)
1-2 shots of vodka (to improve the texture)

Cut watermelon into cubes. Puree in blender with the juice of half a lemon. Strain the juice through a sieve. In a pot, heat juice and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool in ice bath or refrigerator. Once the liquid is cool, add the chopped mint and combine them in a blender for about 10-15 seconds. Stir in vodka. Add to ice cream maker and churn.

Note: I made up my own directions for this recipe and it turned out great. However, I later took a look at some other watermelon sorbet recipes and noticed that instead of boiling the watermelon juice, they created a simple syrup and added it to the watermelon juice. This might be an alternate worth trying.


  1. Did your mom ever tell you that watermelon was the first "real" food that you ate? The photo is marked June - you were 5 months old and loved it then! Mom

  2. this was surprisingly good and refreshing.