Watermelon & Beer Sorbet

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This is what summer tastes like! Sweet watermelon married with ice cold beer and spun into a beautifully smooth, bright pink sorbet. Yeah man.

Watermelon & Beer Sorbet

Yield: 5 cups

Time: 10 minutes prep + 30 minutes to spin in ice cream machine

Cost: <$10


- a large knife

- bowl

- measuring cup

- cutting board

- blender or food processor

- strainer

- ice cream machine (optional)


- 8 cups watermelon, cubed

- 1 cup good quality beer

- 1 1/2 cups sugar


Chill bowl for ice cream maker in the freezer at least 8 hours prior to making this sorbet.

Cut away rind from watermelon. Cube about 8 cups of watermelon and place in large bowl. Add sugar and beer, toss to coat.

Puree until smooth in blender. Pour juice through a fine mesh strainer. Taste, add more beer or sugar if necessary.

Spin in ice cream maker about 30 minutes. Alternatively you can pour the sorbet mix into a shallow pan and freeze it overnight. The alcohol in the recipe helps the sorbet to stay slightly soft in the freezer.

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Step 1: Prepare Thy Melon for Choppage

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Take your watermelon and while holding it firmly on it's side, remove the top and bottom. This will help stabilize the melon while you hack away at it without remorse.

Upright it onto it's flat bottom. Cut away the rind by gently following the curvature of the melon from top to bottom, trying to take as much white rind off as possibly while leaving as much pink as possible.

Save your rind! This will come in handy later... for WATERMELON RIND PICKLES!

Halve your skinless watermelon. Chop into rough cubes. Place about 8 cups into in a large bowl. Eat all the rest until it feels like maybe you might be somehow drowning... or ya know, share..

Listonic7 months ago

Great idea! I suppose that the best mixture would consist of very sweet watermelon and a good smooth lager beer, like Iceberg. I have a tip how to find the sweetest watermelon while shopping in the market: check if it has brown, dry stem. If it has, it will be very sweet. And were can I get Iceberg? ;-)

karalalala (author)  Listonic7 months ago
That is a great tip, thanks! You need a certain sugar content in order for the sorbet to freeze smoothy, but if you are just going to freeze it in pan and scrape it like a granita you wouldnt need to add any more sugar I'd imagine.

You can get Iceberg beer in Newfoundland, Canada! Its worth the drive..

Great, thanks for your advice!

sodasonic7 months ago
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love this!
Bhawya7 months ago

Wow! I ll make this for my hubby. Both are his favourites :)

karalalala (author)  Bhawya7 months ago
I hope he enjoys it!
KraftyKrew7 months ago
Can you make an instructable on this without the beer?
karalalala (author)  KraftyKrew7 months ago

Hi KraftyKrew! This recipe will work just fine with the substitution of water instead of beer. Or apple juice, or a tropical fruit juice, anything like that. It wont be as super soft, but it will still freeze into a nice sorbet! Or with sprite as tkelly8 suggested.

wsround7 months ago

What is the reason for the beer?

Is it to add a bit of antifreeze to the mixture so it doesn't freeze solid?

The hoppy taste of beer doesn't excite me in this and was wondering if you are using the alcohol in the beer to keep it from freezing solid maybe you could use some other liquor.

I just like the clean fresh taste of watermelon and was wondering if there is some other addition other than the beer. Maybe champagne.

I do drink beer I was just thinking about the combination.

tkelly8 wsround7 months ago

i have done this with, any clear spirit, rum/vodka. and white sweet wine. great for adult party on hot day, if kids are around have a separate pan made with sprite or parents might get little upset

karalalala (author)  wsround7 months ago
I just like hot summer days when youre out on the deck eating watermelon and drinking beer. The combination is of course better separate but together evokes nice memories, and does taste lovely. It also helps it from freezing solid, so you can use vodka to keep it tasting clean, or tequila or campari would be nice as well!
bricobart7 months ago

Ooooooooooooh yeah man, stir it up! I don't know Iceberg beer, but you're right to have chosen a light fruity beer for this - not to confuse with those industrialish 'fruit beers' that just are a waste of money. I can highly recommend the so called belgian artisanal 'Kriek' aka cherry beer. Slightly bitter, and perfect in combination with sorbet ice. Good brands: Boon and Girardin (the last one only available very locally or in very special beer bars). Try it, you'll be addicted.

karalalala (author)  bricobart7 months ago
I have tried that Belgian beer, I had it in raspberry and it was amazing. Expensive though, the bar I was at charged $16 a bottle-- yowch! Boon and Giradin, noted. Thanks, bricobart!
I love the Bob Marley reference
karalalala (author)  Paracord Ninja7 months ago
Yeah man, Bob rules!
patsheldon7 months ago

looks delicous!

You should enter this in the beer contest going on right now!

Oh! I didnt even know about that! Thank you so much, I have just entered it :)
Paige Russell7 months ago

I'm so trying this! I made a watermelon margarita Instructable that you might also dig:

Watermelon + booze = awesome.

karalalala (author)  Paige Russell7 months ago
"Summer needs tequila" truer words have never been spoken! You blew my mind when you just shoved that stick blender right into the top of the watermelon. Amazing!!