Watermelon and Vodka Sorbet

May 12, 2011


Watermelon and Vodka Sorbet

This recipe was inspired by my student days; vodka watermelons were very popular around that time and we spent days force funnelling the things until they were suitably saturated with the cheapest liquor we could find. A supermarket ‘basics’ brand or Glen’s being our budget poison of choice.

My tastes are a little more sophisticated nowadays (I said a little) and I’d like to tell you nothing but the finest went into this recipe but the truth is that the end of a bottle of Smirnoff was languishing so I used that. The vodka flavour wasn’t exactly pronounced though so my advice is as follows: get yourself a decent bottle then add a wee slosh on top of the sorbet in the bowl. Total refreshment, with a punch. Phwoar.

Watermelon and Vodka Sorbet

1.2 kg watermelon (that’s how much mine weighed after I’d removed skin and seeds)
3 tablespoons lime juice
200g caster sugar
3 tablespoons vodka, plus extra to serve
A few slivers of mint leaf, to serve (optional)

Cut the watermelon into wedges and remove the flesh from the skin with a knife. Chop into large slices and do your best to remove the seeds (the mixture will be passed through a sieve later so don’t worry about a few stragglers).

Put the watermelon chunks in a blender with the sugar and lime juice and blend to a liquid. Now pass it through the sieve into a bowl. Try to push as much of the melon pulp through as possible, not just the liquid. Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine until sorbet-like. Mine took about 20 minutes but my watermelon was well chilled, it could take half an hour.

To serve, let it rest out of the freezer for a good 10 to 15 minutes, otherwise it will just break up like a granita when you try and scoop it. Dribble a little vodka into the bowl and scatter on the mint, if using.

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  • Reply Lizzie May 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I have an obsession with watermelons, especially when I’m hungover.

    Though I don’t know how well this would go down when feeling rotten, I’m pretty positive any other time I would scoff it RIGHT DOWN.

  • Reply Sally - My Custard Pie May 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Fantastic twist on a student favourite. Great idea. Phwoar indeed.

  • Reply David May 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    What ice cream maker do you use Helen?
    Would you recommend it?

  • Reply Helen May 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Lizzie – Yes I would suggest leaving that voddy out if you’re hungover. OR, hair of the dog?

    Sally – PHWOAR!!

    David – I’ve got a post coming up about that so you’ll have to wait 😉

  • Reply thelittleloaf May 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Glen’s vodka…I’d completely forgotten about that – takes me right back to my student days! Reckon it would be really nice and refreshing as a more granita-like drink too. Phwoar indeed.

  • Reply David May 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks Helen.
    I’ve got the Caroline and Robin Weir bible on “Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati” so alls I needs is a machine!

  • Reply Paul May 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    This looks really good fun! I made some Moscow Mule jellies for a dinner party a while back but I reckon after seeing this I should have sorbeted (is that even a word) instead :^D

  • Reply Salty May 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Oooh – summery refreshment in a bowl. Not sure I can justify the kitchen space for an ice cream maker, but it’s sorely tempting…

  • Reply shayma May 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    oh my god- this is like a watermelon martini in a bowl- with a spoon! loves. x shayma

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