Pomegranate Sorbet Recipe

January 14th, 2009  | Category: Ice Cream & Sorbet

Pomegranate Sorbet

A quart of this pomegranate sorbet will set you back $12 in San Francisco, $22 ($15 on sale) in New York & Houston, £15 in Scotland, €10 in Tuscany and $35 in Iowa, but a pint of Ben&Jerry’s costs almost 13$ here in Istanbul, so I guess we’re even.

Seriously, if you happen to come across pomegranates on sale, or if you’re lucky to have a pomegranate tree in your back yard, don’t even think twice and start churning. I can not tell you how much the guests at the New Year’s Eve dinner party appreciated this icy-cold, tangy sorbet after two full plates of turkey and side dishes. You might think a sorbet should be the last dessert on a winter dinner table, but think of all the hearty stews you eat and how you crave something refreshing after such a meal. This, dear reader, is the perfect dessert for winter. Period.

Pomegranate Sorbet

If you like pomegranates, here are two more recipes for you:


Yield: 1 quart


  • 4 cups freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice – from 7 large pomegranates
  • 1+1/4 cups (250g) sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Grenadine – pomegranate syrup, optional


  1. Juice the pomegranates by hand. I advise not to use a juice press as the liquid from the seeds and membrane would result in a bitter taste. Here’s how I do it: Place a large bowl under the sink (for easy wash up), cut the pomegranates in half and while squeezing the pomegranate with one hand, press with your fingers inside the pomegranate with the other hand (the cut side will face the bowl) and extract as much juice as possible. Pass it through a strainer and you’re done.
  2. Stir 2 cups of pomegranate juice and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Take off heat and combine with the remaining pomegranate juice. Add 2 tbsp lemon juice and Grenadine (if you’re using) and stir to combine. Taste and see if the mixture needs more acidity. Depending on the sweetness of your pomegranates, you might want to add another tablespoon of lemon juice.
  3. Chill the mixture thoroughly (3 hours in the freezer works for me), then freeze it in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have one, here’s how you make ice cream without a machine.
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  1. 1 - B?zb?z ve B?tb?t Bir Hayat Hikayesi on January 15th, 2009

    ilk defa böyle bi?iy gördüm, duydum ettim neyin ..mükemmel görünüyor…finallerim bitince hemen üretime geçiyorum, ellerine sa?l?k :))

  2. 2 - Banu (BaL) on January 15th, 2009

    The color… killing me softly!!!

  3. 3 - Ghille on January 15th, 2009

    Yum! I would like a dish, please….even tho it is only 2 degrees Far. here! Beautiful color!

  4. 4 - Jessie on January 15th, 2009

    Oh wow. This is just beautiful (and delicious, too, I’ll bet)! Well done!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  5. 5 - Kian on January 15th, 2009

    I love pomegranate naturally. I’m sure I’d love pomegranate sorbet as well. Besides that looks so beautiful!

  6. 6 - Gera on January 15th, 2009

    Hi Cenk!

    Stunning and delicious color it seems so easy to do it! Keep up with the refreshing treats 🙂

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  7. 7 - Manggy on January 15th, 2009

    Hah! Even when it’s snowing outside I can’t stop eating ice cream either. We don’t ever get Pom juice back at home, and we only recently started getting verrrry expensive Pom fruits. At least here in new Jersey I can get some juice, yay! That looks beautiful!

  8. 8 - MsGourmet on January 15th, 2009

    the colour is amazing! not quite in season here as yet but soon will be so will give it a try 🙂

  9. 9 - Heidi / Savory Tv on January 16th, 2009

    Simply gorgeous. Thank you for the recipe!

  10. 10 - Fahad Saeed on January 16th, 2009

    Been waiting for this recipe 🙂 One question though, how would you juice a pomegranate?

    * Fahad

  11. 11 - Cenk on January 16th, 2009

    Bizbiz ve Bitbit Bir Hayat Hikayesi – ?imdiden afiyet olsun.

    Banu (BaL) – 🙂 Glad you liked it.

    Ghille – Thank you! Wish I could send a scoop 🙂

    Jessie, Kian, Gera, MsGourmet, Heidi – Thank you! Glad you all enjoyed it.

    Manggy – Hope you like the recipe.

    Fahad – It’s explained in the method section of the recipe.

  12. 12 - Lick My Spoon on January 17th, 2009

    gorgeous!! i love pomegranates and recently created a little coconut couscous dish using them.

    thanks for the link on how to make ice cream without a machine 🙂 i still haven’t gotten around to investing in one.

  13. 13 - Laurie Sue Roskell on January 17th, 2009

    I was just wondering if I could use pure pomegranate juice instead of hand juicing 7 pomegranates? The “Pure” juice has only just come out, so it might be a bit of a trek to find it, but it’d be less messy and even easier.

    Here’s the link, for any of you guys in the UK.


  14. 14 - mallory elise on January 17th, 2009

    brilliant photos! and that scoop is perfectly…scooped. i used to work at a fancy overpriced Argentinian gelato so i’m a scoop perfectionist 🙂

    …pomegranate tree eh, hmm i wish i had a mango tree in my backyard. but pomegranate is great in oatmeal porridge too.

  15. 15 - dessert girl on January 17th, 2009

    Beautiful photos!

  16. 16 - SuleymanVeBen on January 19th, 2009

    Great pics and recipes !

    In Canada, we recently had a serving of pomegranate sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses in a restaurant…

    But we never thought of making it at home 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,

    Suleyman Ve Ben

  17. 17 - joey on January 20th, 2009

    As pomegranate isn’t grown here, and they have only started importing it recently, I am still flush with the discovery of this enticing fruit! And you make it look all the more enchanting with your recipes 🙂

  18. 18 - Erika / Sweet Pea on January 26th, 2009

    I have a pomegranate recipe for you – it is a Persian dish using pomegranate juice! I like to buy this fruit in the South of France where it is cheaper – bring them back to Switerland, juice them (like your tequnique by the way) & freez for later use.

    Sorbet looks fabulous! Great post.

  19. 19 - Caroline on January 29th, 2009

    Just found you through Stumble Upon. Beautiful photos!

  20. 20 - pixen on January 30th, 2009

    The only Pomegranate and juice I can accessed were in 1 litre boxes by Dimes! It’s horror for me 🙁

    Only pomegranates I ever held in my hands and ate them was from my great-great-grandparents’ house. I think it’s a local species but the little red rubies tasted so sweet. The highest branches were reachable from the balcony where my room was. How I wished Pomegranate is easily available like Persimmons! Thank yo for the gorgeous pictures and recipes!

  21. 21 - peabody on February 8th, 2009

    What a gorgeous color that produces.

  22. 22 - Sarah on February 14th, 2009

    Beautiful color… this looks so good. I must try!

  23. 23 - Soma on June 5th, 2009

    I am going to have this. Pomegranates are not in season here now, but i cannot wait. I will use the 100% POM. Looks irresistible.

  24. 24 - Ryann on October 26th, 2009

    Hi there… It’s my first time in this blog and I just wanna say that the pictures are beautifully taken…

  25. 25 - adnil on July 13th, 2011

    You are AMAZING!
    How is it that you write so incredibly well in English??? (aside from all the rest)???

    Oh, and:


    i just had to add that.

  26. 26 - Cenk on July 13th, 2011

    adnil – Thanks. I don’t think I write incredibly well, but if it is any good I owe it to endless editing 🙂

  27. 27 - Paula on January 13th, 2012

    My mouth is watering!!! Wonderful! Thank you so much for this recipe! I just posted a pear salad with pomegranate on my blog. I love how refreshing pomegranate is!

  28. 28 - Mackenzie on June 4th, 2012

    Okay, I’m a silly little girl from Texas who just bought her first house back in October, and low and behold, we have a pomegranate tree in the back yard… I know – a little weird for Texas (we also have a grapevine and possibly a pear tree (not really sure)). I’m completely intimidated by the pomegranate so I’m so glad I found your blog!!! I can’t wait to try your recipes out once they ripen!

  29. 29 - Denise on August 1st, 2012

    We have several pomegranate trees. Have had the pomegranate punch that is made & served in Mexico, (very good). I was making mango sorbet one day & a friend asked me if there was a way to make pomegranate sorbet. Told friend I didn’t know but would try to fined out. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. Can’t wait to try to make this sorbet soon.

  30. 30 - Cathy on January 17th, 2013

    I like to juice pomegranates by cutting it in half, and break apart the seeds and the membrane under water in a bowl. The seeds sink, and the membrane floats, plus it doesn’t make a mess from when the seeds pop! Then I whirl it in a blender and strain it. Fresh pomegranate juice doesn’t compare to POM!!

  31. 31 - Lara on February 2nd, 2013

    Tried this recipe and it is absolute perfection. I can see myself making it every week for the rest of my life.

  32. 32 - Zana@GreenGlobalTravel on April 7th, 2014

    Looks delicious! I want to try with the pomegranate syrup but I wonder how easy it is to find that?

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