Desserts/ Recipe

Grapefruit Sorbet

January 25, 2017 (Last Updated: August 12, 2019)

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Tart and refreshing Grapefruit Sorbet

Scoops of Grapefruit Sorbet in a blue patterned bowl.

 You probably think ice cream and sorbets are only for hot summer days. Not true. We eat cold frozen treats all year long.

I made this grapefruit sorbet during a recent snow day.  It wasn’t a ton of snow that canceled school. It was freezing rain! Two days of freezing rain. It was a crazy mess outside. But inside was nice and cozy and this grapefruit sorbet was devoured up quickly. Fresh grapefruit sliced in half and sitting on a gray counter.

I still have quite a supply of grapefruit leftover from Christmas. All the oranges are gone. We ate those up right away. You might remember I made Orange Marmalade with some of those oranges. It was time to do something with the grapefruit.

Two scoops of a white colored frozen treat in a turquoise bowl.

I used ruby red grapefruit for this sorbet. I imagine any kind of grapefruit would work. Use whatever you have on hand or what is available in your grocery store.

Ruby red grapefruits sliced into wedges.

It’s best to plan just a bit of time when making this sorbet. It doesn’t actually take a lot of time to make, but there is wait time. You have to wait for the sugar water to cool and you need to wait while the sorbet churns in the ice cream maker. And finally you have to wait while the sorbet sets up in the freezer.

Tips for making grapefruit sorbet

  • Use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Allow mixture to chill before adding to ice cream maker
  • Make certain your ice cream bowl has been in the freezer for at least 12 hours prior to using
  • Sorbet is best if placed in freezer for at least one hour after churning

Grapefruit Sorbet in a bowl.

Other great frozen treats

Equipment Needed for Making Sorbet

I use an electric ice cream maker when making sorbet.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A small turquoise bowl filled with two scoops of sorbet.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Grapefruit Sorbet

Grapefruit Sorbet

Tart and refreshing grapefruit sorbet
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 172 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar


  • Place sugar and water in a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Let cool. 
  • Add juice and stir.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • Add mixture to a frozen ice cream bowl.
  • Churn in an automatic ice cream make, following manufactures directions.
  • Remove from container into a freezer proof bowl.
  • Cover and freeze for at least one hour or until firm.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 44gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 95mgSugar: 43gVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword grapefruit desserts, grapefruit recipes, grapefruit sorbet, watermelon sorbet
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    5 stars
    Interesting combination

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    January 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Ice storms are no fun but I’m glad you had one so you could make this sorbet and share it with us! Love grapefruit anything and can’t wait to make this ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

      The ice storm meant we were house bound, but lots of fun to be had!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    January 27, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I agree, why confining ice cream and sorbet only to summer? We love ice treats in winter, too! This is a beautiful sorbet with a wonderful, underestimated flavor: grapefruit!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I usually only eat grapefruit for breakfast, but I have been trying to use them in different ways.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    January 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

    5 stars
    ‘Refreshing’ is always in style! I love grapefruit! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is going on the list! Thank you!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      This is one that will make frequent reappearances in our house!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    5 stars
    I eat frozen treats ALL year long! Seriously, I can’t go without ice cream or sorbet just because it’s cold out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOVING this grapefruit sorbet Kathy! Love the tart and sweet combo!! Cheers!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      I love this sorbet because it tastes great and isn’t laden with a ton of calories!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 26, 2017 at 5:50 am

    I enjoy cold frozen treats all year long too Kathy! And I love grapefruit, so I’ll definitely be adding this to my list!

  • Reply
    January 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Citrus sorbets are delightful. I make a meyer lemon sorbet each year. No doubt grapefruit would be wonderful. Love it!


  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    January 25, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Yum yum! This grapefruit sorbet looks so delicious and refreshing, Cathy. Would love to try it in Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Gingi Freeman
    January 25, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Now this looks yummy!! We have a lot of grapefruit growing locally, and I never know what to do with it! Thanks for sharing! <3 –

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I love grapefruit in dessert and this one looks super refreshing! So easy too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Very refreshing!

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