Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet Recipe

pineapple and tequila sorbet
Photograph: Max Falkowitz

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

Recipe Details

Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 4 hrs
Serves 6 to 8 servings
Makes 1 quart


  • 2 pounds peeled, cored, and cut pineapple (about 1 1/2 pineapples before trimming)

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aleppo chile

  • 1 tablespoon silver tequila

  • Juice of one lime (to taste)


  1. If pineapple is not perfectly ripe, toss with salt in a glass baking dish. Bake in an oven heated to 450°F (230°C) for 1 to 2 minutes, or until pineapple is sweet and aromatic. Do not overbake or pineapple will develop cooked flavors.

  2. Transfer pineapple chunks to blender and add just enough water (about 1/4 cup) to let blender purée until very smooth. Total volume of juice should be 4 cups. Add sugar and aleppo, then blend until sugar dissolves. If blender is small you may have to blend in batches.

  3. Pour puréed pineapple into an airtight container. Stir in tequila and lime juice to taste, adding more salt if required. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, or until very cold.

  4. Churn in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Return to airtight container and chill in freezer for two to three hours before serving.

Special Equipment

Blender, ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
160 Calories
0g Fat
41g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 160
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 57mg 284%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 140mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)