Minty Watermelon Sorbet


This sorbet is a true treat and my favorite frozen dessert so far. The yin and yang of mint and watermelon are churned and chilled  into a cheery concoction.  You can make it less sugary for a palate cleanser or as written below for a sweet sensation.

Mint Watermelon Sorbet brown backdrop in cup with mint leaves

Minty Watermelon Sorbet

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 oz. mint leaves, rough chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 cups pureed watermelon (pulse 1/4 to 1/3 of a watermelon, cubed, in food processor 2 to 3 times for 2 to 3 seconds each time, leaving some texture)

Put it together:

  • Put water in a small saucepan
  • Add sugar
  • Turn on heat to medium to med-high and bring just to a boil, stir once, then add rough-chopped mint and turn down and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  You do not need to stir again.  The result is called simple syrup.
  • Cool in an ice water bath
  • Once simple syrup is cool, pour into a mixing bowl and add all other ingredients
  • Chill in freezer 20 minutes
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions for making
  • Freeze for 2 hours


  • Simple syrup can be kept in the refrigerator a couple of weeks (the higher sugar to water ratio, the longer it keeps).
  • To change the consistency for easier scooping, add 1-2 tablespoons alcohol, such as vodka or rum.  Alcohol raises the freezing temperature.


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5 Responses to “Minty Watermelon Sorbet”

  1. malissa Says:

    I have heard so much about this minty watermelon sorbet. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Elisa Says:

    Sorbet… The mint tastes so fresh, right out of the garden, and melds very nicely with the watermelon. This sorbet has such a full flavor! It tastes like both the watermelon and mint are super concentrated. I didn’t detect the flavor of the lime juice, but I know it is there as it cuts the sweetness. My sweetie loves this as is, I’m not as into sweets so would prefer the palate cleanser version you mentioned with less sugar. The mint/watermelon ratio is just perfect. The texture is wonderful. I can imagine eating this only at the best restaurant out of a silver dish. Worth getting out your best china. Divine.

  3. Kim Says:

    Malissa – will leave plenty in the freezer tonight.

    Elisa – Thank you for your sweeeet comment! You’re too kind.

  4. Louise Says:

    This is so delicious and refreshing. I’m hooked. I have shared this recipe with my family… it’s so addicting. I am not sharing my sorbet with anyone!

  5. Kim Says:

    Louise – so happy you enjoyed it! Let me know if your family makes it. I’d love their feedback.

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