Watermellon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet Recipe:

Recipe Type: Sorbet, Watermelon
Cuisine: Italian
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 15 min

1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups fresh pureed watermelon pulp (seeds removed), divided*
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice or lime juice (your choice)
2 tablespoons Anisette Liqueur

* Puree watermelon in a food processor or blender. If possible, purchase a seedless watermelon.


In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, 1/2 cup watermelon pulp, and salt; bring to a boil. Boil 30 to 45 seconds sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and let stand approximately 10 minutes. If making ahead, store in refrigerator

To the remaining 4 cups pureed watermelon pulp, add the above watermelon/sugar syrup, lemon juice, and Anisette Liqueur; stir until thoroughly blended. The Anisette (or any other type of alcohol) is the secret to a soft sorbet. Alcohol itself does not freeze and adding a little bit keeps the sorbet from doing the same.

Ice Cream Maker – Transfer mixture to ice cream maker, process according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Freezer Method – Pour into container, cover, and place mixture in the freezer. When it is semi-solid, mash it up with a fork and refreeze again. When frozen, place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Cover and refreeze until serving time. This is the method I like to use.

Can be prepared 3 days in advance. Cover and keep frozen.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.