Watermelon & Beer Sorbet




About: Professional maker and eater of food. Donuts.. Cheese.. Chocolate.. Beer.. these are a few of my favourite things! @karakabangpow

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.

Step 1: Prepare Thy Melon for Choppage

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..

Step 2: Stir It Up, Lil' Darlin

C'mon baby..

C'mon and stir it up..

Into the bowl of pretty pink watermelon goodness add your 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

Pour your beer all over it!

I prefer a lighter beer for this, something with a clean taste, but that is just my preference. I have used Iceberg beer for this because I'm in Newfoundland and I've been meaning to try this regional treasure for a long time. Its fantastic! Use this as an excuse to pick up a bottle of the local stuff someone has made with love, or some of that exotic foreign ale in the tall can calling to you in Ye Olde Liquor Shoppe. I think something like Guiness might be a bit much though.. give it a try and let me know how it goes! You and your watermelon deserve it.

Mix it all together.

Maybe listen to a little of this.

Step 3: Juicy Fruit

Dump everything into your blender or food processor. If you're not so lucky and your blender doesn't fit 9 cups of liquid, you might have to do this next bit in two parts.

Hit puree and watch the watermelon turn into a nice, smooth, light pink juice.

Lay a fine mesh strainer over your large bowl and pour the sorbet mix through.

Press until only a small amount of pulp (and seeds, if you gottem!) is left. That way you know you have all the good stuff.

Tada! Watermelon and beer sorbet. Try not to drink all of it on the way to your ice cream maker.

Step 4: Spin It to Win It

Pour the mix into your super frosty ice cream maker bowl and let it spin for about 30 minutes, until it looks all.. done. Like that, picture up there, ya see?

Or, you could pour it into a shallow pan and put it in your freezer overnight. The alcohol in the mix will keep it soft and scoopable and it will be nice too, don't worry.

Wait until it stops raining and the sun is out and it's so hot you can barely stand it, and then eat a big bowl. That's refreshment right there.

Warning: weeping with happiness may occur.

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    18 Discussions


    4 years ago

    hardware & software
    love this!


    4 years ago

    Can you make an instructable on this without the beer?

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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..

    "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!!