This homemade honeydew sorbet is the perfect fruit dessert for the season! Full of seasonal flavors, this sorbet is made with mint, lime, and ripe honeydew melon. Just a touch of cream goes a long way in this cool dessert to create a luxurious texture while the tequila helps keep it soft in the freezer.

Photograph of an ice cream scoop running through sorbet This melon sorbet is enough for an elegant dinner, yet simple enough for an anytime pick-me-up, it’s sure to impress! Homemade ice cream gets a bad rep for being too labor intensive and time consuming; but I promise that this recipe will change the way you view homemade ice cream, sherbets, and sorbets.

Photograph of a spoon with sorbet on itWhat you’ll need for homemade melon sorbet:

One thing I recommend investing in is a counter-top ice cream maker. I use a Cuisinart ice cream maker and I love it. Other than that all you’ll need is a blender and a loaf pan (for freezing)

If I have the room, I like to keep the freezer bowl in my freezer for the duration of the summer. That way, when I get a hankering for something cool and sweet, I’ve got everything ready!

Photograph of an ice cream scoop running through sorbet How to make honeydew sorbet / melon sorbet:

Once you have the equipment needed, honeydew sorbet is unbelievably easy to whip up. This recipe in particular takes 5 hours total; most of due to chilling and freezing. Hands-on time for this recipe is only 10 minutes, if that tells you anything about how easy it is!

Here are the steps to making honeydew sorbet:

  1. make a mint simple syrup with sugar, water and mint
  2. purée melon, zest, juice, salt and syrup.
  3. stir in cream and tequila
  4. thoroughly chill in refrigerator
  5. churn sorbet mixture in ice cream maker
  6. transfer sorbet to a loaf pan and freeze

Photograph of multiple spoons with sorbet on itVariations

Another great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. Don’t like honeydew melon? Would rather use mango or use basil instead of mint? No problem!

As long as the base stays the same and the amounts aren’t altered you can make your own variations.

Photograph of an ice cream scoop running through sorbet

Why is there tequila in this melon sorbet?

As you probably know, alcohol won’t freeze when stored in your freezer at home. Alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, which makes it a great addition to ice creams and sorbets. Here I use just 2 tablespoons of tequila because it pairs well with the lime and mint. But you can also use any alcohol you prefer such as vodka, rum or gin.

If you would prefer to leave it out altogether you can definitely do that. I would recommend whisking in a tablespoon or two of honey or corn syrup to the melon mixture with the cream. Additionally, if you don’t want to add more sugar, you could also increase the cream to ¾ cup

Photograph of sorbet piled high in a silver bowl.

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Honeydew, Lime & Mint Sherbet | Zestful Kitchen

Honeydew, Lime & Mint Sherbet

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 1½ pints (6 servings) 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Light, refreshing and packed with flavors of mint and lime, this easy honeydew sorbet is a winner!


Ingredients

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  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ⅓ cup packed mint leaves
  • 3 cups peeled, seeded, and diced honeydew melon
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons tequila

Instructions

In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and add mint; steep for 15 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl; discard mint solids. Refrigerate mint syrup until cold, 15-20 minutes.

Purée melon, lime zest, lime juice, salt, and mint syrup until smooth, in a blender. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cream and tequila; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Churn melon mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Meanwhile, chill a loaf pan in the freezer until ice cream is done churning. Transfer ice cream to chilled loaf pan, wrap in plastic wrap and foil; freeze for at least 2 hours.


Notes

Sherbet will keep for up to two weeks, but avoid thawing and refreezing as this creates crystals in the sherbet.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Sodium: 19mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg

Keywords: Honeydew Sorbet, Melon Sorbet

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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