When it starts getting hot and your body is not used to handling the heat, there is nothing more refreshing than an icy treat. Of course, there is ice cream, but sometimes the heavy dairy content can weigh you down rather than refresh you.
When you find yourself encountering this dilemma, the obvious solution is practically staring you in the face. Just take the dairy out of ice cream. Make a sorbet instead.
Fresh, fruity, and literally bursting with juicy flavors, sorbet is the ultimate icy treat because it allows you to experiment with seasonal flavors. Need a couple unusual ideas that are guaranteed to be delicious? Here are 16 sorbet recipes to get you started.
1. Raspberry Coconut Mango
Are you a sucker for tropical-flavored sherbert? Then this taste explosion is for you. According to the recipe developer, the sum of this sorbet's parts more closely resemble guava than raspberry-mango.
Honestly, that should make you want to try it even more. This recipe calls for an ice cream maker or ice cream machine, but you can freeze the sorbet base and stir in the freezer once every hour. Get the recipe here.
2. Pomegranate Champagne
Who says champagne is just for toasting? No one. Try it in your icy treats when it's not appropriate to sip on. You'll end up with an incredibly refreshing sorbet sparkle on your tongue.
The champagne becomes a simple syrup that you might want to pour over everything. Get the recipe here.
3. Sparkling Pear and Bourbon
Even in the depths of summer fruits, you can crave fall flavors. However, you probably don't want anything warm and comforting, so to get the best of both seasons, use fall flavors in this summertime treat of peach sorbet.
This sorbet recipe speaks to how delicious homemade sorbet can be. and its deep flavor thanks to bourbon would be perfect for capping off a dinner party. Get the recipe here.
4. Cantaloupe Sorbet
Cantaloupe is refreshing by itself, but when you turn it into a sorbet, and you have an even sweeter and even more exhilarating treat.
This quick recipe was designed for an ice cream maker, but it easily translates to a food processor with the provided instructions. Get the recipe here.
5. Raspberry Rosé
The fresh berries of summer are just begging to be paired with sorbet. So give in and make yourself this adult-only refresher.
When it comes to fruit sorbet, it's only made better by adding wine with fresh summer fruits. Get the recipe here.
6. Melon Noodles-Blueberry Sorbet Float
This fancy looking drink is exactly the right way to be using sorbet when you don't want to eat it with a spoon.
Craving a strawberry sorbet recipe instead of a blueberry one? Sub in any sort of tart berry sorbet. Get the recipe here.
7. Peach Mint
Melt soft, fresh peaches with light, mouth-puckering mint. The combination is everything you ever wanted in a cold treat made from fresh fruit.
This will quickly become one of your favorite sorbet recipes. Get the recipe here.
8. Raspberry Coconut
The coconut in this recipe keeps the sorbet dairy-free while giving it the creamy texture of ice cream. We think everyone should get behind this idea immediately.
This raspberry sorbet recipe can become pina colada-like if you add a dash of rum here and there. Get the recipe here.
9. Pineapple Coconut Lime
You can't pick more refreshing flavors than tangy pineapple and acidic lime. Don't worry though, the coconut milk will temper it to make the end result absolutely decadent.
Don't forget to add the lime juice and lime zest to this pineapple base for a delicious treat. Get the recipe here.
10. Bellini Sorbet
Make this for a festive dessert at a brunch or use it as a pallet cleanser after an elegant dinner. Really though, these are just excuses to justify why you should always have this prosecco-infused treat in your freezer.
This could also be considered a lemon sorbet recipe if you nix the stone fruit, making it a perfectly tart taste for hot summer days. Get the recipe here.
11. Mango + Mint
Crisp minty-ness gently cuts through the full-bodied flavor of mango to create an irresistible sorbet.
This is one mango sorbet recipe you'll return to again and again. Get the recipe here.
12. Sangria Sorbet
This sorbet comes with a set of rules from its creator:
1. Must love sangria.
2. Must resist the urge to eat it all before fully frozen.
3. Must not operate a vehicle immediately after consuming because this sorbet packs a punch.
Frozen strawberries put this recipe over the top. Get the recipe here.
13. Chocolate Sorbet
Even sorbet lovers need some chocolate in their lives. So here is a recipe to help you indulge. Might we suggest a drizzle of maple syrup on top just because you can?
Get the recipe here.
14. Cantaloupe + Mint
It is clear that mint belongs with almost every orange-colored fruit. Cantaloupe is no exception. Not only does the color combination look aesthetically fabulous, but it tastes incredible as well.
Add a dash of orange juice for a tart twist. Get the recipe here.
15. Watermelon + Tomato
These two summer specialities are a surprising combination that's also surprisingly delicious.
Get the recipe here.