Forget ice cream. Homemade sorbets are the true superstars of summer. Smooth, sweet, cool, and refreshing, sorbets capture peak season flavors in an intense way that no ice cream can match. We’ve blended cocktail-inspired concoctions; added herbs, spices, herbal tea—even vinegar—to fruity classics; and tried our hand at corn, cucumber, and tomato sorbets for a collection of frosty treats that truly taste of summer.
Crank It Up
Choosing the right ice cream maker for your needs can make all the difference. Below, three models we love.
Cuisinart ICE-21v Frozen Yogurt—Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
This inexpensive machine churns out 1½ quarts of perfect frozen treats every time using a bowl you prefreeze. Invest in a second bowl ($30), and you’ll always have a cold one ready to go.
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
If you already have a KitchenAid stand mixer, this freezer bowl attachment is the tool for you. Simply prefreeze it, then hook it onto your stand mixer to make up to 2 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet.
Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker
You add your own ice just like with an old-fashioned ice cream maker, so you don’t have to plan ahead and prefreeze a bowl. Its 4-quart capacity makes it great for parties or large groups.
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Tequila Sunrise Sorbet
Instead of flavoring this sorbet with grenadine, a pomegranate syrup, we used whole pomegranate seeds. The banana helps makes the sorbet creamy.more
Extra-lemony and not too sweet, this is an easy sorbet to whip up year-round with frozen raspberries. Try the recipe with blueberries, blackberries, or cherries as well.more
Fresh ginger and simple syrup bring tomato sorbet over to the sweet side.more
If using fresh blackberries, freeze and thaw them before adding to help draw out juices.more
Desserts made by blending avocados with sugar and lime juice are common in Latin America. Here, we’ve rounded out the flavors with vanilla.more
No need to peel the apricots for this fragrant sorbet—the skin adds lovely flecks of color to the final product.more
Refresh your palate with this tropical-drink-inspired treat. For a fun serving idea, scoop the sorbet into hollowed-out lime halves and garnish with mint sprigs.more
The balsamic flavor in this sorbet is subtle; just enough balsamic vinegar is added to heighten the flavor of summer-ripe strawberries. Feel free to add up to 1 tsp. more vinegar, if you prefer.more
Summer Corn Sorbet
If the idea of a corn sorbet sounds a little exotic for your taste, try pairing it with a berry sorbet (or fresh berries) to add a familiar sweet-tart flavor.more
Cantaloupe–Black Pepper Sorbet
This combination was a hit with the VT staff. A tablespoon of olive oil enhances the spicy-sweet flavor, but leave it out if you prefer a fat-free sorbet.more