Pink Grapefruit Sorbet
Grapefruit sorbet. My mouth waters every time I think about it, which has been often, ever since my Bertolli food tour in the North End when I sampled some at Gigi Gelateria. It was sweet, sour, refreshing, and palate cleansing and I knew I needed more in my life. Despite the recent influx of ice cream recipes that have come into my life and this blog, I actually prefer sorbet. I think it stems from my 20-year dairy allergy. When everyone else was enjoying cake and ice cream at birthday parties growing up, or going out for ice cream, my favorite standby was a big scoop of raspberry sorbet with rainbow sprinkles. Nine times out of ten, I still prefer that over a scoop of creamy ice cream. So why has it taken me so long to use my amazing ice cream maker to make sorbet!?
I scanned the world wide web for grapefruit sorbet recipes. Some contained champagne, or lavender. Some required you to make simple syrup. I wanted easy. Two ingredient easy. So I made up my own:
- 4 pink grapefruits
- ½ cup of sugar
- Peel rind and thick white pith from four grapefruits.
- In a blender, puree the grapefruits and sugar.
Seriously, this couldn’t be easier.
After blending, I realized I need to start making smoothies with grapefruits in them. I love that the mixture was sweet and sour and still had grapefruit pulp, which I kept in (other recipes might recommend you strain it out). I cooled this mixture in the fridge for a few hours before pouring it into my frozen ice cream bowl and churning away.
Minutes later I had the most refreshing, mouth-puckering scoop of grapefruit sorbet. Funk is not a fan of grapefruit, which means I get the entire batch to myself! The grapefruits I had were tiny (out of season, oops!) but this made about 3-4 cups of sorbet. If you like it slushy, eat it right away. If you prefer a little more solid, put it in the freezer for a bit. You can also easily make sorbet without an ice cream maker.
What flavor should I try next? I’m thinking I should take advantage of summer berries and melons. Another sour flavor like lime might be fun too! Have any favorite sorbets?