Watermelon SorbettoTwice

Twice in the last week I have found myself paging through The Perfect Scoop by David Levovitz and stopping at Watermelon Sorbetto. In fact, I have made it twice in the last week. It is the perfect snack or dessert. It is low calorie so you don't have to worry about having seconds! Well, I chose not to worry about having seconds!

We had gotten a very nice watermelon last weekend and one can only make so many fruit salads so I was searching for a recipe.

When the girls were little I would cut the watermelon into chunks, sprinkle some sugar on it, put it in a ziplock bag and freeze. When they wanted a snack I removed it from the freezer and ran it through the blender. They loved it...we loved it, this was not just for kids! Sometimes I processed it prior to freezing and put it in popsicle molds.

This is almost as simple. I only made two adjustments. I omitted the chocolate chips. I do not happen to like chocolate with fruit...most of the time....there are exceptions! I also used 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Liqueur instead of vodka.

Watermelon Sorbetto
makes about 1 quart

3 cups watermelon juice (see Note)
1/2 cup sugar
Big pinch salt
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 to 2 Tbsp vodka (optional)  I used Pomegranate Liqueur.
1 to 2 Tbsp mini semisweet chocolate chips (I omitted the chocolate!)

NOTE: You get about 3 cups of watermelon juice from a 3 pound chunk of watermelon. Cut away the rind, remove any seeds, and then cut the flesh into cubes and puree them in a blender or food processor. Any extra juice can be frozen for another use.

In a small, nonreactive saucepan, heat about 1/2 cup of the watermelon juice with the sugar and salt, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir the sugared syrup into the remaining 2 1/2 cups watermelon juice in a medium bowl. Mix in the lime juice and vodka, if using.

Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. During the last minute of churning, add the mini chocolate chips, if using.


This is so light and flavorful! I had to make it again...and I would do it again!



  1. Oh...how I love frozen watermelon. I remember listening for the La Rosa man to come by with paletas in the summer or Dad used to take us to their store. Is La Rosa still around?

  2. He is still around. This taste is so much better. Much more flavorful. So simple. You guys have to try it.

  3. This is the perfect summer treat! Yum!

  4. That looks so refreshing! I will have to try it.

  5. Forgot to tell you that I passed you an award! :0)

  6. will have to try this one, getting a ice cream attachment for my kitchenaid later this month.


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