How I Beat the Heat…Watermelon and Raspberry Sorbet

I thought about saving this for a "fun Friday post…but with our record temps here, you may not want to wait!   My neighbor has turned me onto homemade sorbet…here’s my first attempt last night.   WINNER!!!


I love to cook (well, I guess there’s no cooking involved here) and I promise this will not become a recipe site…but I just had to share this treat with you.  It’s too easy, healthy (80 calories/0 fat) and very refreshing!   

Watermelon and Raspberry Sorbet

  • 1 cup simple syrup (ask me if you don’t know what this is)
  • 4 1/2 cups of fresh watermelon chunks (no rind)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, plus extra to top off your sorbet
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree.  I had to do the watermelon and raspberry separate…my blender isn’t big enough for all of this.   I left about one cup of watermelon liquid in the blender and added the whole raspberries to puree.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl (you don’t want raspberry seeds in your sorbet).  Cover and chill in the fridge until cold (1-2 hours).   Pour mixture into an ice-cream maker and let it work it’s magic (about an hour in my ice cream maker, times will vary).

Sorbet can be saved…but I think it’s best fresh.  The freezer can turn this delightful treat into hard ice.   And if you have kids, this stuff won’t last long enough to see the freezer!   

Yields about 5 cups.

You can thank me later!


  1. I started adding recipes to my blog as well. Ardell has promised me she would send me some of her own recipes so I made her a contributor on my site for that sole purpose. If you want to send me some recipes for the blog, I can add you to the list of authors as well.

  2. Hi Derek, thanks so much I would be honored! Maybe I’ll have to add a “recipes” category after all. Cooking is one of my passions.

  3. I have never given out the recipe for my grandmother’s Italian Wedding soup with escarole, egg cubes and little meatballs.

    No one in our family has ever given it out either. In fact, it’s never been written down anywhere and my grandmother’s been dead for 20 years or more.

    I going to post it on Derek’s site. Of course I may have to make the soup so I can write down the ingredients. I did that for my meatballs on my blog as I don’t cook from recipes. I blogged and made the meatballs at the same time so I could measure and post the ingredients.

    So Derek, you will have this generations old recipe that has never before been written anywhere. They mention this soup in one of the first Sopranos episodes on Thanksgiving. We only ever made it on Thanksgiving. Only once a year. I guess people got tired of waiting for a Wedding and started serving it once a year.

    You see “meatball soup” but never the real original from Abruzzi. It’s my special gift to Derek.

  4. My son’s Nona makes wedding soup, too! It’s been forever since I’ve had it. 🙂

    The sorbet I’ve been making for the past two nights…might be too hot to stand in the kitchen chopping watermelon chunks tonight…we’ll see if the kids and hubby beg for it (I’m sure I’ll cave in).

  5. Rhonda: If you want to contribute recipes to my site, let me know by signing up on my blog and then sending me an email and I will make you an author so that you can post the recipes there. Of course, my authors also get their own biography page as well so let me know what you may want me to include on there!

    I want to eventually turn my blog into a Good Housekeeping or Family Circle magazine type of blog so I need all the help I can get. I want to do recipes, articles about housing, saving money, interviews (I enjoy those things), a few sports and politics, a few finance type articles, and of course, articles about going green! That’s my plan right now, but whether or not it works, we will just have to see.

  6. Derek, I would love to contribute! Cooking is a passion of mine. I enjoy gardening too, but any success I have there is more fluke than by design.

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