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Grapefruit Sorbet (or Granita)

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Grapefruit Sorbet (or Granita)

Grapefruit Sorbet

Photo © Molly Watson
This refreshing sorbet gets and extra burst of flavor by sweetening the fresh grapefruit juice with a sugar syrup made with grapefruit zest. It makes a perfect dessert to follow a heavy meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 6 grapefruits
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Campari or vodka (optional)


  1. Strip zest from 1 grapefruit, being careful to exclude any bitter white pith. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar in 1 cup water. Add grapefruit zest and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook until zest is tender, about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove zest and transfer sugar syrup to a bowl and let cool (you can speed this up by placing the sugar syrup bowl over a bowl of ice). Chop zest and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, juice grapefruits. You should have about 4 cups juice. Combine juice and 1/2 of the sugar syrup. Add more sugar syrup to taste. Cover and chill until cold, about 1 hour.
  3. For sorbet: Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers' instructions.

    For granita: Pour mixture into a metal pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer. Stir and scrape with a fork every 30 minutes to make a light, fluffy mixture. Cover and keep frozen until ready to serve.

  4. Serve with a drizzle of Campari or vodka, if you like, and topped with chopped zest.

Makes about 1 quart Grapefruit Sorbet.

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 4 out of 5
Avoid pith with a microplaner, Member likethewatch

This was really delicious and refreshing. Exactly what I hoped for. I would suggest grating the zest into the simple syrup solution and cooking that in, rather than peel zest and then scrape the pith off. I find it's easier to avoid the pith this way, because the microplaner takes such a fine layer off. My red grapefruits must have been huge, because just four made the measure.

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