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Red Grapefruit Sorbet

Emeril’s grapefruit sorbet recipe has a surprising kick. The black pepper complements the sweetness, but it doesn't hit you right away. Instead, it lingers lightly at the back of the tongue.

  • Servings: 6
  • Yield: About 1 1/4 quarts
Red Grapefruit Sorbet



  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed red-grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the sugar, water, and grapefruit zest in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to steep for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in the black pepper, and set it aside to cool. (It will cool faster if you set the container in a bowl of ice water and stir it intermittently.)

  3. Cover and refrigerate the sorbet base until it is thoroughly chilled, about 4 hours or up to overnight.

  4. Process the sorbet in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's directions. Transfer it to a freezerproof container, cover, and freeze until ready to serve.

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