I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement that you consume something sweet today.

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Even if you don’t care about Valentine’s Day and only love yourself (totally acceptable), love yourself with some chocolate. Or ice cream. Or grapefruit sorbet?

I’m a sucker for all things grapefruit. I’m pretty sure it’s an elderly person fruit – I mean, I can say that since I consume it frequently. I guess it certainly complements my taste in music. But the thing is, I’ve ALWAYS loved grapefruit. I used to eat it before elementary school and I think I liked it just because my dad ate it. Nobody else my age enjoyed it. In fact, most found it utterly disgusting and even now, I don’t think I know many people that actually like grapefruit. WEIRD.

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Even weirder? I never ate (or eat) my grapefruit with sugar. Which I think it practically the only way half of the grapefruit-eating population devours them. Sure, I’ve tried it. And it’s not that I don’t think it’s delicious, but in a very unexpected and odd way, I prefer the fruit in it’s purest form.

I also prefer to consume my sugar in things like obnoxiously rich cheesecake so yeah… there’s that.

But because of the no-sugar-on-my-grapefruit thing, I wasn’t positive I could get on this sorbet train. Of course, I want to almost eat my Burt’s Bees grapefruit chapstick, I shower with grapefruit body wash and even use grapefruit-scented face wipes, but I just didn’t know how this would go over.

Huh. Well.

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It went over. And over and over. Really, really well. So well, in fact, that I found myself with a spoon standing outside the freezer taking a taste, then shutting the door. Taking a taste, shutting the door. Taking a taste, shu… yeah, you get the point. Until eventually I had to take the whole thing out of the freezer, set it on the counter and go to town. It wasn’t even frozen yet. It was SO FLIPPING FABULOUS. Is it weird to say that this is so delicious it’s almost thirst-quenching? That was the only word that kept popping in my head. That, and REFRESHING. It’s like a tall glass of sparkling, icy lemonade on the hottest day ever. I am in love. Plus, it has two ingredients. Uh huh… two.

Oh oh oh, and can we recognize how huge this is because as we all know, fruit is not dessert. It does not qualify. It does not meet my standards.

I’m making an exception. You should too.

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Grapefruit Sorbet

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 8 hours (includes freeze time)


5 1/2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


Note: I juiced about 6 large grapefruits to get 5 1/2 cups.

Combine 1 cup of grapefruit juice and all of the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until sugar dissolves, cooking for about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour in a large bowl, mixing it with the remaining grapefruit juice. Refrigerate for 25 minutes, or until chilled.

Once chilled, pour the mixture in your ice cream maker and churn according to the directions. I used the attachment for my KitchenAid and churned it for 25 minutes. After churning, pour in a container (...or loaf pan, ha) and freeze for 6-8 hours until frozen.

[adapted from my recipes]

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103 Responses to “Grapefruit Sorbet.”

  1. #
    Tracey — February 14, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    That Burt’s Bees grapefruit chapstick is like my favorite thing ever! Anyway, this sorbet looks insanely good. Going on my to-do list pronto!


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    Chelsea — February 14, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I’m seriously dying laughing. I have always thought grapefruit was an old person fruit too! I also eat it literally the weirdest way. I do cover it in sweetener of some sort but since I never remember to buy a grapefruit spoon I just stab at it & try to eat it like an orange. I’m always getting made fun of for it but whatever. GRAPEFRUITS 4LYFE.


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    Tess — February 14, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    AHHHMAZING! What brand are your grapefruit face wipes!?! I need them!


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    Amanda — February 14, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    This looks so good and I love that it’s so simple. Do you think this recipe would work with another citrus, like lemon? Because I don’t like grapefruit (actually, I hate it).


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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 14, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    I love grapefruits but always use some Equal sprinkled on top!


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    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — February 14, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    I need this in my life, right now! It looks so pretty and refreshing. I have a few grapefruits right now, and lots of oranges so I may have to combine the two.


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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} — February 14, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    Oh this looks fabulous! I adore grapefruit, it’s so delicious. I would totally be sneaking bites out of the freezer too.


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    Katy — February 14, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    This looks amazing. My mom always ate her grapefruit plain, no sugar, and now I do the same thing. I actually like the slightly bitter citrus-y flavor! I’m glad I’m not the only “not an old person” person who eats them plain!

    Chelsea – the easiest way I know of is this: lay the grapefruit (or orange) with the ends on the right and left, and cut straight down the middle of the fruit – so you end up with two round halves that look like a sunburst. (i.e., don’t cut it end-to-end). Then take your knife and cut along the membranes of each section, as well as around the perimeter of the half. Then you should be able to lift out the half-sections easily. It’s how my mom taught me to do it and it’s the quickest way I’ve tried!


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    kelsey r — February 14, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Yes, grapefruit= old people fruit. My grandparents and parents love them! So funny! I just discovered dolce and gabbana l’imperatrice perfume and it is so weird and fresh and wonderful. It smells like grapefruits! You should check it out. I’m buying it for summer:)


  10. #
    Maria — February 14, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    LOVE GRAPEFRUIT! Can’t wait to try this!


  11. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 15, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    I’m not a grapefruit fan but this does look enticing!


  12. #
    luv what you do — February 15, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    I would love this for dessert but don’t have an ice cream maker. Boo!
    I think I’d drown it in bubbly and call it a day : )


  13. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 15, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    I love grapefruit and this is such a wonderful way to enjoy it!


  14. #
    Renee — February 15, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Love this recipe! Is there anyway to make it without the ice cream maker attachment? Thx!


  15. #
    Tonya Talone — February 15, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I’m on the grapefruit train with you! I agree with the pure flavor – no sugar necessary. I just got pink grapefruit soap & hand lotion from Williams & Sonoma for my kitchen. Try it – it has a really delightful scent & is a beautiful soft pink color.


  16. #
    Amy W — February 15, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I used to eat grapefruit when I was young SOLELY because my dad did as well!!!


  17. #
    JJ - 84thand3rd — February 15, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I’d eat a grapefruit every day if I could but my husband won’t touch them – he does however have a distinct obsession with Jarritos Grapefruit soda, I think this would get a stamp of approval from both of us!


  18. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 15, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    I’m not a grapefruit lover, but…the rest of the family are nuts about them! I bought a giant bag of them at Costco last week and they’re almost gone already :)


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    Ashley — February 15, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I LOVE grapefruit too!!! Sad I don’t have an ice cream maker though :( This looks delicious!! My 2 year old daughter, who is a picky eater, LOVES grapefruit too :) And we eat it with and without sugar, depends on our mood hehe


    • Skyler Lee — April 3rd, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

      You can make this without an ice cream maker! All you have to do is put it in the freezer and stir continuing this over and over again.


  20. #
    Jessica — February 15, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I loooove grapefruit! I had no idea it made me grandma-esque… guess I can add it to the list :) i used to think a little equal on top was the only way to eat them until I ate one without and my life was changed. I’ve even got one packed for my mid-morning work snack today. I’ll most definitely be making the sorbet this weekend. I. CAN’T. WAIT!


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    Alyssa — February 15, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    That looks so cool and refreshing! I loooooove grapefruit!


  22. #
    Alyse — February 15, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I love grapefruit as well. I never put sugar on it, instead I use sea salt. Yumm! My granddaughter has been eating grapefruit since she was 2 years old. She like it plain or with salt.


  23. #
    idiosyncratic eye — February 15, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    That looks LUSH. :)


  24. #
    Erin — February 15, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    I, too, am a part of the unadulterated grapefruit club! Glad to know there are others out there. This recipe looks divine, I can’t wait to try it!


  25. #
    Larry Gaian (@BBQGrail) — February 15, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    This looks so cool and refreshing. I too love grapefruit and this would be a great new way to add some to my menus. Thanks…


  26. #
    Larry — February 15, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    oh my GOODNESS, how amazing would that be floating inside some champagne for a bellini?! Perfection. Too bad I gave up alcohol for lent.
    I know, shed some tears (and have a drink) for me.


  27. #
    Wendy — February 15, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I can’t think of anything more refreshing. Yum.


  28. #
    Barb | Creative Culinary — February 15, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Love it too…and yet have never made sorbet; that must change.

    I use it for marinating flank steak; it is more acidic than lemons and the only problem with using it to marinate meat is you have to be careful not to do it too long or it will literally fall apart…but love the taste it imparts in an Asian mix…you must try it!


  29. #
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — February 15, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    I love that Burts Bees chapstick. Everytime I use it I think of eating it.


  30. #
    AC — February 16, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Many years ago, I used to work in a coffee shop next to a juice shop and we’d trade our free drinks all the time. I would ALWAYS get a grapefruitade (obvs. lemonade subbing grapefruit) and still make them regularly at home now. It’s the sole reason I own an electric citrus juicer- to get my fix as quickly as possible! Can’t wait to try this.


  31. #
    LeAndra — February 17, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I love all things grapefruit too. This sorbet is even more delicious when served in a glass full of champagne – like a sorbet float.


  32. #
    Liz — February 18, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    I made it with a mix of grapefruit and blood orange – delicious AND hot pink!


  33. #
    MB — February 18, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I was able to make this sorbet this weekend and it was AWESOME!!


  34. #
    Peggy — February 18, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    Made this sorbet this weekend with friends – so delicious that we didn’t even freeze it before digging in. Unfrozen, it melts really fast. It’s like the most delicious slushee in the world.


  35. #
    Marie — February 25, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    I know i’m a little late in reading this post, but when I read the section on your feeling about grapefruit I immediately had to read it out loud to my boyfriend. He has a serious obsession with grapefruit. We try to keep grapefruit juice stocked in the fridge at all times, but he will only buy a single brand where the only ingredient is grapefruit juice because he hates the taste of of the brands with added sugar. He regularly sits on the couch late at night peeling grapefruit and and simply eating the sections one by one. He loved your post and is of course insisting we try this recipe ASAP.


  36. #
    Whitney — February 25, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    I swear you are like a long lost sister. I love grapefruit too and pretty much everyone I have ever met hates it or douses it with sugar (or gag, Splenda like my high school art teacher.) Although I do know a few people who enjoy grapefruit in their vodka. Even my own sister hates grapefruit… although she does share a hatred for a lot of vegetables and also the knowledge of the forgotten food groups- boozey chocolate desserts and cheese.


  37. #
    Carole — March 7, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about ice cream and sorbets – or anything similar like gelato. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.


  38. #
    Richard — March 10, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I Love your blog;thank you very much for the interesting ideas.|I really like your blog;thanks for the great ideas.}


  39. #
    brooke — March 11, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    just transferred my first batch from the ice cream maker to the freezer…minus a few YUMMY spoonfuls :)

    i used “simply grapefruit” juice since i had some in the fridge that needed to be used, and it turned out great. not overly sweet, and will be perfect with a little sprinkle of murray river salt.

    can’t wait to try using scoops of sorbet to make pink grapefruit margaritas and healthy mock-aritas. thanks for sharing the recipe!


  40. #
    Vanessa Alce — November 17, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    I love grapefruit and have since childhood too, without sugar. I’m going to try this recipe :)



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