Gallery: 12 Refreshing Sorbet Recipes We Love

Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet
Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet

You can leave the tequila out of this recipe for a fantastic, alcohol-free sorbet, but good tequila brings a subtle, vegetal complexity.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Plum Sorbet
Plum Sorbet

The unique sweet-tart flavor of plums makes this scoop equal parts rich and refreshing, something to add depth and lightness to baked desserts all at once.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Easy Peach Sorbet
Easy Peach Sorbet

A batch of sorbet is the perfect way to capture a summer peach that's not quite perfect—the amount of sugar required for fruit sorbet to freeze into something scoopable might be too much for a perfect honey-sweet peach, but it's just right for one that's a tad too tart.

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Easy Peach Sorbet [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Strawberry Sorbet
Strawberry Sorbet

Fresh strawberries, in frozen form. It's as simple as that.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Creamy Persimmon Sorbet
Creamy Persimmon Sorbet

A plush, creamy sorbet full of honeyed sweetness that's cut by a touch of malty astringency.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet
Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet

Serve this tart sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses, or as a light dessert with whipped cream and candied ginger.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Mango Sorbet
Mango Sorbet

Tart, sweet, and very rich, this simple mango sorbet has a creamy texture verging on ice cream.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Rich, Tart Lemon Sorbet
Rich, Tart Lemon Sorbet

The title says it all: this is a smooth, sweet-tart sorbet that's perfect for summer. Or dinner.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

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20130814-raspberry-campari-sorbet-thumb-625xauto-346362.jpg

If you like your desserts more tart than sweet, this sorbet is for you. And if you're a little addicted to the pleasantly bitter taste of Campari, this sorbet is really for you. It's more tart than sweet with a bitter kick that makes for an especially clean-tasting sorbet.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Pear, Riesling, and Ginger Sorbet
Pear, Riesling, and Ginger Sorbet

Pears, sweet-tart Riesling, and spicy ginger come together in a sorbet that's ripe and juicy with a clean, refreshing heat. Look for a Riesling with moderate sweetness but good acidity that has an alcohol content around 12%.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Clementine Sorbet
Clementine Sorbet

Keep your clementines chilled in the fridge to cut down on prep time. This sorbet tastes best the day it's made.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet
Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

Sour cherries are fabulously tart, almost rhubarb-like in their complexity. And they make a ridiculously good sorbet; even when blitzed with plenty of sugar, sour cherries stay tart and refreshing. Add a little lavender and maraschino liqueur to contribute some floral musk and you have a flavor far more intense than those four ingredients would suggest.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]