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Grapefruit Basil Sorbet

Happy 2011, friends! I hope I find you fully recovered from your New Year’s Eve party, and another year healthier, wealthier, and wiser!

I’m refreshed and ready to dive into a new year of fabulous dishes, accompanied by butt-busting workouts!

Yeah, that’s how I roll. Blog-worthy meals generally equal EXTRA curves–especially after the holidays. So I’ve vowed to “cleanse my system” with health-concious meals over the next fews weeks…and pick up my hefty workouts where I left off in early December. My health-nut friends would be so proud!

The only problem is I NEED dessert. Like air. I’m not going to tell you that I will completely eliminate sweets; it’s just not possible. Solution? Lighter, leaner treats. I’ll just think of it as a personal challenge.

My sweet hubby got me a new ice cream machine for Christmas. (Apparently he likes extra curves!) Our old machine bit the dust last spring and I managed to make it through the summer and fall without one!

We decided to give it a spin starting with a light lemon sorbet. Only, there were just 2 lemons in the fridge–not nearly enough for sorbet.

Instead we used freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and HOLY HEAVEN, was it good! Dare I say BETTER than plain lemon sorbet?

This delightfully addictive sorbet offers a slightly bitter and tart bite, balanced by fresh sweet basil leaves. It makes your tongue dance a little jig! It’s so lovely, I would consider giving up chocolate for this sorbet! (Please don’t hold me to that.)

High on flavor, low on guilt…at least for now!

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling add the lemon zest, basil leaves and salt. Stir, remove from heat, and cover. Steep the basil leaves in the simple syrup for at least 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the lemon juice to a 4-cup measuring pitcher. Juice the grapefruits into the pitcher until you’ve measured 3 cups of combined juices.

Strain the simple syrup and discard the basil leaves. Then mix the syrup with the juice. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours (or to speed up, put in the freezer for 1 hour.)

Pour the sorbet mixture into an electric ice cream maker. Turn on and mix for 20+ minutes, until the mixture reaches a “soft serve” consistency.

Eat the sorbet immediately, or put in an airtight container and freeze.

After frozen, allow the sorbet to sit out for 10-15 minutes to soften before serving.

Makes approximately 1 ½ quarts of heaven!

*If you don’t own an ice cream machine, you could freeze the mixture and shave it with a spoon for “Italian Ice.”

Grapefruit Basil Sorbet

Yield: 1.5 quarts

Prep Time: 35 minutes active time

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 packed cup of basil leaves
pinch of salt
4 large ruby red grapefruits, juiced

Directions:

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling add the lemon zest, basil leaves and salt. Stir, remove from heat, and cover. Steep the basil leaves in the simple syrup for at least 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the lemon juice to a 4-cup measuring pitcher. Juice the grapefruits into the pitcher until you’ve measured 3 cups of combined juices.

Strain the simple syrup and discard the basil leaves. Then mix the syrup with the juice. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours (or to speed up, put in the freezer for 1 hour.)

Pour the sorbet mixture into an electric ice cream maker. Turn on and mix for 20+ minutes, until the mixture reaches a “soft serve” consistency.

Eat the sorbet immediately, or put in an airtight container and freeze.

After frozen, allow the sorbet to sit out for 10-15 minutes to soften before serving.

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61 Responses to “Grapefruit Basil Sorbet”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted January 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

    What a fantastic gift!!! Great delicate flavors…I need dessert, too!

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  2. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I'm so with you – I need need dessert like air too! I don't know about giving up chocolate for sorbet however :-) I am a little overloaded on rich desserts at the moment, so something light and refreshing like this sounds really appealing right about now.

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  3. bleejonesposted January 3, 2011 at 3:06 am

    ok – this sounds SOOOOO good to me RIGHT NOW! i love sorbet and i love you! :)

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  4. njwposted January 3, 2011 at 3:56 am

    This sounds divine Sommer! I am big time craving citrus, grapefruit sorbet is right up my alley!

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  5. Chow and Chatterposted January 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    oh la la love this love grapefruit fab recipe could I add it to a FL citrus blog and link to you?

    rebecca

    rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

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  6. BakingWithoutABoxposted January 3, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Oh that looks wonderful. Such a great combination of zest and zing. Perfect healthier dessert to get the new year off right. Yay for hubs buying the ice cream maker!

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  7. sara @ CaffeInaposted January 3, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I also need to reduce desserts but could not completely give up on them…also because otherwise I should stop blogging. I like the idea of sorbets. I'll have to put the ice cream maker in my wish list. Happy new year!

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  8. Angposted January 3, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Um….I need to make this. Basil is like most people's ranch. I put it in, and on, just about everything. This is the perfect lite treat to start out the New Year. Thanks!!

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  9. The Cilantropistposted January 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I bet this tastes INCREDIBLE! Extra points for hubby since he got you a new ice cream maker for Christmas, well done. :) I think I can use this recipe to get my new years resolutions started too!

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  10. Cherineposted January 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

    A great gift!!!
    This sorbet looks wonderful, it's what i need right now!!!

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  11. Lizzyposted January 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Ooh, I like this lighter dessert…what a marvelous flavor combination!

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  12. Kristenposted January 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    If this is any indication, I cannot wait to see what else you make with your new ice cream maker. This sounds fantabulous!!

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  13. Lea Annposted January 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    You're going to love that ice cream maker. I use mine quite a bit and it's so much better than bought. Happy New Year.

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  14. Kateposted January 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    This will be the palate cleanser at our next dinnner party. Beautiful sorbet!

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  15. Boulder Locavoreposted January 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I'm intrigued! The idea of grapefruit anything after weeks of holiday cocktails and sugar sounds like it could strip my palate back to some semblance of normalcy (and so refreshingly so). I've seen recipes for more exotic frozen recipes like this but have not dipped my toe in that water yet. You've given me motivation!

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  16. Evan Thomasposted January 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Yum! I don't typically like plain grapefruits because they're too tart for me, but I bet this has just the right amount of sweetness to be fantastic.

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  17. Stellaposted January 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Ooh, healthy, refreshing yumminess! Your sorbet sounds so good and seasonally appropriate too:) Grapefruits are so nice here in Florida right now…

    Reply

  18. Cake Duchessposted January 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Dessert is like air for me too!;) What a wonderful gift. I got a machine this fall for my bday and have loved experimenting with new flavors. I love this combo!

    Reply

  19. Evan @swEEtsposted January 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I have to be another one to say that I love desserts just as much as you and I could never eliminate them from my meals! This sorbet looks delicious.. I love grapefruit.. I'm so glad I got Mountain Man an ice cream maker for Christmas last year :)

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  20. Monetposted January 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I can only imagine how flavorful and refreshing this must taste. We adore grapefruits, and I know that this sorbet would be just perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I hope you have a lovely start to your week!

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  21. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted January 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Sounds good to me! We purchased an ice cream maker in the fall but haven't used it much. This would be a good recipe to try. Happy New Year, Sommer!

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  22. Kate @ Diethood.composted January 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Oh my, I love sorbet and this recipe sounds really gooood. Never thought of making it with grapefruits, but now I will! Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Carolynposted January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    This is so flippin' pretty! Yum. Like you, I NEED dessert. Which is why I make so many low carb things, so I can still indulge without sending myself into a diabetic coma ;)

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  24. Angie's Recipesposted January 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Ha! You need dessert just like air. ;-) I love that.
    This looks so good!
    I wish your 2011 filled with love, good health and happiness!
    Angie

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  25. Roxanposted January 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Ooo this looks amazing. I wonder how it would turn out with honey instead of sugar? Yum!

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  26. Emily Zposted January 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I saw this on your Facebook and thought the flavors sounded like such an amazing combination. So good!

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  27. briarroseposted January 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Ehehehe….butt busting workouts. ;) Love the flavors you picked for your sorbet. So tasty.

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  28. Magic of Spiceposted January 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous recipe…these flavors would be so splendid :) Speaking of…you got an ice cream makes, so cool! (pardon the pun)

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  29. Torviewtorontoposted January 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    beautiful dessert happy new year

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  30. Priya Sreeramposted January 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

    This is a good one ! Have a Great 2011 Sommer !

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  31. Chef Dennisposted January 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

    what a perfect dessert to compensate for all the extra cookies we had over the holidays! Grapefruit is truly an underused fruit, and when its good its really good! I hope to see many new frozen creations from you this year!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  32. 5 Star Foodieposted January 4, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Wow, what a delightful dessert – light and guilt free! A unique combination of grapefruit and basil, excellent!

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  33. sweetlifeposted January 4, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I know this rocks, I made a similar versions, but aren't grapefruits awesome at this time of the year, we are buying them by the bagloads, oh butt busting workouts..I need to really vamp up my workouts..loved your last post, just commented and loved your reasons ,take care
    sweetlife

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  34. A Canadian Foodieposted January 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I love grapefruit everything – even perfume!!! What season is it where you live? I have to ask, because it is definitely too cold for this now, but it is definitely on THE LIST!
    I have an ice cream maker (or two) and am excited about this!
    :)
    valerie

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  35. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted January 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This combination sounds so unexpected and yet, so tasty! Even though it's freezing cold here (and I know it doesn't even begin to compare to your winter), I still really really want this. Oh, and an ice cream maker of course! Happy new year, friend :)

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  36. Raw_Girlposted January 4, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Gorgeous and guilt free! Thank you!

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  37. Sandy - Everyday Southwestposted January 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I love grapefruit! I just never thought to put them in sorbet… genius!

    Reply

  38. meltingbutter.composted January 4, 2011 at 9:51 am

    oooh, grapefruit and basil sounds like a winning combo! Well done :)

    Reply

  39. highplainsdriftersposted January 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Winner winner chicken dinner! Best dessert of the new year already!

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  40. shannonposted January 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Basil is such a wonderful flavor. I often add it to my chocolate cakes…love it. Congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9…well deserved!!

    Reply

  41. Christinaposted January 4, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    This looks so fresh, light and tasty! Definitely welcome after all the holiday indulgences!

    Reply

  42. Tiffanyposted January 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    This seems so refreshing! And like you, I too, NEED dessert! :D

    Reply

  43. Loriposted January 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Sounds very refreshing. I love grapefruit.

    Cheers to hefty workouts. I am right there with you.

    Reply

  44. Dinners and Dreamsposted January 5, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I like unique sorbet and ice cream flavors. This one is definitely one of them.

    Cheers,

    Nisrine

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  45. Markposted January 5, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Yum. You can't simulate that grapefruit color. Thanks.

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  46. Reeniposted January 5, 2011 at 1:52 am

    What a refreshing and pretty treat! I am loving the basil you added!

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  47. Claudiaposted January 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Now, that's refreshing. And delicious. The best way to start a New year!

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  48. Julianaposted January 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Wow, what a lovely sorbet…I love the idea of basil and grapefruit…can only imagine the taste of it. The color is so nice and pretty :-) Happy New Year!

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  49. tasteofbeirutposted January 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Very appealing sorbet; I could feel it on my tongue and love the tanginess of it; the addition of basil is original and worth trying; lovely photos too.

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  50. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted January 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I need dessert too :P Don't know about wealthier, but I definitely hope wiser and healthier. I've started on an exercise program to chase away last year's "blahs" and this gorgeously pink delight will fit in really nicely – great excuse to use my ice cream maker too ;) Thanks!!!

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  51. blackbookkitchendiariesposted January 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    this sounds so refreshing right now.. i love how pretty it looks as well. thank you for sharing this and have a great day.

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  52. Gulmoharposted January 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    That's such a wonderful gift..I have always wanted to have an ice cream machine ;-)And a beautiful sorbet, guilt free too :-)Happy New year !

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  53. Eileenposted January 6, 2011 at 1:14 am

    What a perky little dessert for those of us who have vowed (at least for a few weeks) to eat healthier.

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  54. Kulsum@JourneyKitchenposted January 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Ok I'm one of those people who love icecreams in winter. so sorbet hit the right spot! I just can't wait to buy an icecream maker!

    Reply

  55. Isaacposted January 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    For 2012 may I suggest an exclamation point diet?

    Reply

  56. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted January 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Isaac,

    Every paragraph needs a little excitement!!!!! ;)

    Reply

  57. CNA Trainingposted January 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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    Reply

  58. marlaposted July 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Such a sweet & delicate sorbet. Would be nice at a Sunday ladies tea party….the basil infusion is so nice!

    Reply

  59. Feast on the Cheapposted July 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Mouth is watering. This looks so wonderfully refreshing

    Reply

  60. Victoriaposted July 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    It looked so good, couldnt wait to make it. Finally got to it last night, enjoyed fruits of my labor today. This recipe did not disappoint. Exceeded all expectations. I have a serious sweet tooth and thought I would need that extra 1/4 cup of sugar. No need to do that if you have good grapefruit. I’m learning that the unconventional mixes of various spices in a fruit or a dessert dish is pleasantly surprising. The basil and grapefruit mix was very tantalizing to my taste buds! Thanks for this recipe.

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