Refreshing Watermelon Lime Sorbet

Is there any other way to celebrate a hot day….I mean EXTREMELY hot day, then with an ice cold treat?

When I was traveling home from work a few weeks ago, I was passing through a town called Pageland South Carolina.  There was a sign at a big farmers market in Pageland that read, “Watermelon Capital of the World!”  That is a bold statement….AND I had to buy some of course!  I was trying to decide what to make first, it just made sense to bring out my new kitchen toy and make sorbet!

My hubby keeps sneaking spoonfuls of this watermelon lime sorbet, then expressing his love for the recipe.  SO I am going to venture and say it is a true winner in the CafeTerra house!

This recipe was slightly adapted from the lovely Molly Moon’s recipe.  Do you remember a few weeks back when I made Cherry Almond Ice Cream?  I shared a little about who Molly Moon is, and why I love her book!  Her book is unique compared to most ice cream books.  She shares sweet and savory recipes, while including ingredients that can be found at any farmers market.

For my sorbet I used my favorite sugar, Florida Crystals pure cane sugar.  Florida Crystals is pretty fantastic because they are all natural, and the sugar is not stripped of all it’s natural ingredients.  Pure cane sugar is brown, so in the  sugar water it looks brown, but blends perfectly with the watermelon puree.

The other change I made to the original recipe, I used lime juice and lime zest in the sorbet.  My thought was, with the hot days, lime is so much more refreshing when trying to beat the heat.  Honestly, it is all about preference really, so lime or lemon would be delicious in this recipe!

Watermelon Lime Sorbet

A refreshing dessert perfect for Summer! This recipe has two changes, but comes from Molly Moon's recipe book on page 45.

25 mins Prep Time

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2 cups Florida Crystals pure cane sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 lbs seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 Tbsps lime juice
Zest of one lime


In a medium sauce pot, place sugar and water and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar water into a small bowl with cover, and place in refrigerator to cool, could take up to 1-2 hours to cool, or may take longer. (Look at notes for how to cool sugar water properly.)

Cut up watermelon into one inch chunks, and puree in a blender. Place in covered container, and chill for one hour or longer.

Once sugar water and watermelon puree are chilled, whisk together, and whisk in lime juice and lime zest. Then follow your ice cream maker instructions.


Once the sugar water is cooked, pour the sugar water in a medium size bowl. In a larger bowl fill bowl half full of ice, and small amount of water to create an ice bath. Place medium bowl of sugar water in ice bath, let sit and stir once in awhile to cool to room temp, then place in refrigerator. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you could put watermelon mixture into freezer, when it is completely frozen take a fork and start breaking it up like a granita. I did pick up a watermelon with seeds, so I picked out all the seeds in the delicious watermelon!


What is your favorite what to enjoy watermelon?



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  • Pure deliciousness!  I love how you serve these on pieces of watermelon :-)  Usually I like my watermelon plain or in an ague fresco, but recently I had a watermelon feta, and basil salad that was super yum too.  I hope you have a very happy 4th of July! xo
    •  I just recently heard about a watermelon feta, and basil salad, it sounds delicious!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • homecookingmemories
    I tried a watermelon sorbet for the first time recently at a local bakery, so I'm happy to see yours today! It sounds so refreshing and sounds easy to make too.
    •  It really was refreshing, a perfect Summer treat! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • fullbellysisters
    this sounds totally delish - and your pictures are gorgeous!
    •  Thank you sweet friend! Hugs, Terra
  • I'd want a bowl of this and then stand at the freezer with a spoon  :)  Looks wonderfully refreshing and cool.
    •  I may, or may not have stood at the freezer with a spoon....I will never tell, LOL!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Jennie
    This sorbet looks amazing. You're right, there's no better way to celebrate a hot day than with an icy treat. I love the flavor combo, and your photos are beautiful. 
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Megan
    This looks SO amazing, and refreshing for the summer. Yum!!
    • Thank you so much! It is a perfect Summer treat, Hugs, Terra
  • Watermelon plus lime - you can't get anymore refreshing than that!  Awesome modification to an already great recipe!  I love how you presented the scoops on top of slices of watermelon with the translucent lime slices on top - so pretty! I've got to get Molly's book!  Hope you had a great 4th of July, Terra! xoxo
    • Seriously, I highly recommend this book, you would love it! Thank you soooo much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I've been wanting to make that cherry almond ice cream for the last week now! And this one just got added to that list! :) 
    • I have a long list of treats to make to, and it keeps growing LOL! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • What a perfect, refreshing flavor combination!! Love it.
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • We are high on watermelon these days. This sorbet looks fabulous !
    • Love Summer, love watermelon:-) Thank you so much for stopping by! Hugs, Terra
  • Terra this looks perfect for these hot southern days I'm trying to survive! We have a bunch of watermelon in the fridge too :) Thanks for sharing!
    •  I hope you enjoy as much as we did!  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    Looks so nice and cool!  It's been so hot and miserable, and this is the perfect remedy.  I've never done a watermelon sorbet, though I go through tons of watermelon so I should try this for a change.  Lime is a great accent.  Good recipe - thanks.
    •  It has been too hot, and way too humid!  This is definitely a fun treat:-) Thank you so much, Take care, Terra
  • Refreshing is so right my friend , this looks wonderful :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    •  Refreshing, and I need more:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • I'm firmly with you in the lime juice camp for this one. Sounds wonderful, and perfect for the 4th:)
    • Team Lime!!!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • hotlyspiced
    That certainly does sound and look refreshing.  The sorbet is such a pretty colour.  Great dessert for your time of year.  It's a tad cold here for icy desserts. We're currently steaming a lot of puddings - we're having a very cold winter (by our standards!) xx
  • hotlyspiced
    That certainly does sound and look refreshing.  The sorbet is such a pretty colour.  Great dessert for your time of year.  It's a tad cold here for icy desserts. We're currently steaming a lot of puddings - we're having a very cold winter (by our standards!) xx
    • Jennifer Crocker
      Where are you located? I wish we could borrow some of each other's weather. It is 105 here at the moment (Cincinnati, Ohio USA)
      •  Jennifer, Hotly Spiced is in Australia:-)  You should check out her blog, it is fantastic!
    •  When Summer comes, you should give it a try, it is delicious:-)  Thank you so much!  Hugs, Terra
  • justonecookbook
    This is unbelievably easy to make and my kids eat watermelon like endlessly!  I love the refreshing look of watermelon too!  Here (SF) it's like low 60F lately and I stopped making ice cream and sorbet for a while.  I can't wait to try this one.  It's going to be very popular for sure!
    •  I love this recipe, because it was so simple, yet so delicious:-)  I hope you enjoy as much as we did! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • What lovely color..perfect summer treat!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Am glad I read about you at Maureen's. We are having a heat wave and this watermelon lime sorbet is just the treat I need. Must invest in an ice cream maker.
    • Awwww, thank you so much for stopping by! This sorbet really is delicious, enjoy! Hugs, Terra
  • [email protected]
    This sorbet looks beautiful and sounds absolutely wonderful for a hot summer evening.
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • These look super cute and so so delicious!!I love the use of lime in here!Just makes it even more better :)Perfect for the summer :)
    • It is definitely a fun Summer treat! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • With the heat wave that we are having on the East Coast your sorbet will be perfect. I love the combination of watermelon and lime they go so well together.
    • I agree, watermelon and lime together rock!! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • A Canadian Foodie
    Am aware you are heading into your colder season - but it is definitely watermelon sorbet season here! This looks so refreshing! :) Valerie
    • Oh it will be hot here for a few more months:-) So yummy sorbet is a perfect refresher:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • maria tomato
    Came here from the Orgasmic Chef. Love it, beautiful and delicious! Nice to meet you! :)
    •  I am so glad you stopped by!  I stopped by your lovely site too:-)  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • oh this looks so pretty and refreshing, I bet it's really good Terra. Great photos too! Have a wonderful weekend. xoxox
    •  Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • [email protected] and Biscuits
    Beautiful photo! Watermelon and lime are a perfect flavor combination!  :)
    •  That means a lot!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • How refreshing and delightful...indeed perfect for a hot summer day :) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    •  Thank you so much!  Have a great weekend:-) oxox
  • Meghan
    Just perfect for a hot summer day!  Love the color, presentation, & photos! Hope you're having a great weekend! :)
    •  Thank you so much for your sweet words!! Have a lovely week:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Just came over from Maureen's site and SO glad I did! I had watermelon sorbet on my list of things to do today and here you go! It was meant to be. :)  Just bought a bag of limes, so I'm ready.  Beautiful pictures and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    •  I am so glad you stopped by, I love connecting with lovely foodies:-)  Hope you enjoy! Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This is just stunning!
    •  You are fantastic!  Thank you so much my friend:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Mari’s Cakes
    This is to die for. I am mouth watered! Will make some soon!
    •  Awwww, thank you so much!  I hope you enjoy:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Oooh love!! I grew up eating cold watermelon all summer long in hot, hot Florida and it is the epitomy of cooling off and SUMMER! This sorbet is better than just plain watermelon! 
    •  Thank you so much!!! I think I need to make some more for sure:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Kim Bee
    I keep stopping back to see this cuz it's so darn pretty. Love this so much.
    •  Awww, you are so sweet!  Definitely give it a try:-) Hugs, Terra