Cantaloupe Sorbet is Easy!

Cantaloupe Sorbet

My bigotry free ice cream maker continues to get a workout. Its amazing how good food can be when you omit the hate from your kitchen tools! This past weekend my hubby and I were out doing errands when we remembered we needed a new garden hose and a wheely thing that a hose goes on plus a few other things for the house and garden. It just so happened that we were right in front of a Target when realization struck. After a brief pause to look at each other and silently affirm that we were both still on track with or pledge to abstain from Target, it pained us not to go in. It sure would have been convenient but I still can’t bring myself to shop there given their support of anti-gay politicians in their home state. As the people were literally streaming in and out of the store to their cars I could not help but wonder how many of them, supportive of equality, were shopping there anyway in full knowledge of the controversy because it was…well…Target. I get it. Such a place is hard to give up especially when it has all you need and is right were you happen to be. Just keep in mind that values are only meaningful in those moments where they require you to give up something. Its easy to have a value if you are never challenged on it. Just bear in mind that if you value your friends or family member’s struggle for equality, they don’t want you to shop there. Even if it means driving across town to buy a hose somewhere else. How much to you value them?

This Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment has been at the ready in my freezer ever since I bought it and inspiration for a frozen treat has been nearly continuous. Not the type of inspiration leading to a jalapeno-mint ice cream (blech — I saw that once on some Food Network show) but rather the more common variety inspiring the more uncomplicated pursuit of a single-fruit sorbet: cantaloupe. Sorbet is the easiest of the easy and after the very rich Chocolate Ganache ice cream a melon sorbet seemed a good way to go. Saturday’s farmer’s market provided the exceptionally sweet melon.

Cantaloupe Sorbet
The inclusion of Lillet in this recipe is a nod to ice cream impresario David Lebovitz. He recommends the inclusion of alcohols and liqueurs in the flavor profiles of frozen treats to improve scoopability from the freezer. You don’t need to twist my arm. The more I read through his book, the more I realize that you don’ t really need recipes for ice creams and sorbets, you just need inspirations.

Cantaloupe Sorbet


Cantaloupe Sorbet

Cantaloupe Sorbet

This is what you will need:

  • 2 lb. ripe cantaloupe (medium size)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons Lillet (or any white wine or champagne.)

This is how you make it:

  1. Peel melon and remove seeds.
  2. Be sure to remove any trace of green from the rind.
  3. Cut into chunks and put into blender.
  4. Puree in a blender with the sugar, salt and lime juice until smooth.
  5. Add Lillet or wine if you are using it and taste.
  6. Adjust with sugar and more lime juice to taste depending on sweetness of the melon.
  7. Chill the mixture well in the bender jar and then freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Cantaloupe Sorbet


About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don’t know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]” means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small ‘boom’ in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a “food blog” or even myself a “food blogger”.

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  1. I LOVE the idea of adding Lillet to this delicious-looking preparation for Biogtry Free sorbet! I’m sure that brings the perfect, extra element of interest.

    Up with “scoopability,” down with supporting corporations that promote discrimination against our friends, neighbors and families.


  2. This recipe looks so easy and delicious! Next summer I am resolved to get a “bigotry free ice cream maker .”

  3. The fact that the ice cream maker was bigotry free was a big plus. bg, the Lillet, if I do say so myself, was really quite perfect for a melon sorbet. ERIKA! Thanks for stopping by! Why wait for summer?

  4. You know I value you a ton, and I know that if it is ever ok for me to return to Target, you will let me know at once.

    We also are getting best late-summer melons here, so your timing on this is perfect. What a beautiful way to stretch the flavor of the season a little longer.

  5. Wow!!! That looks so refreshing, mon ami! I can actually taste it, the photo is so beautiful in it’s simplicity.

  6. OK–off to the produce market to buy a cantaloupe right now. Will report in tomorrow.

  7. MMMM….I may have to make some in my bigotry free ice cream maker;) We have some chanterais melons in our garden…the seeds sprouted in the compost and a plant spontaneously started growing iafter we used some of the compost on the garden!

  8. Lizzie in Los Angeles says:

    I jazzed this up a tad with lime zest and orange zest. Used less sugar because I used Triple Sec instead of the Lillet. Sooooo good!