Holy Crap it’s August! Well we all know that means oppressive heat and cravings for something cool (like ice creams and sorbets). So I have the perfect remedy for those cravings: Innocent Primate’s Watermelon Sorbet. Since there is a stick to your clothes-sweat without moving-oh god why isn’t it winter yet-heat advisory in effect here I found this to be the perfect time to share my review! I personally tried this recipe about a week ago when I had a watermelon that I had purchased and kept forgetting to eat. I HATE when good produce goes bad (vegetable delinquents are the worst, aren’t they? ;) ) so I knew I needed to use the watermelon in SOMETHING. That is where Sara a.k.a. Innocent Primate came to the rescue.
I followed her recipe for the T except I did not have the alcohol she recommended, Amaretto. The alcohol keeps the sorbet from freezing into a hard rock of watermelon goodness that you have to wait to be able to eat (although in this heat that may only take a few minutes). The only alcohol in the house was vodka, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Anisette. By no means are we large drinkers, we only happened to have vodka because we THOUGHT we wanted some mixed drinks for New Year’s (turns out we really didn’t); Mike’s Hard Lemonade was for a party but we ended up bringing beer to instead; Anisette is for making Christmas cookies. So needless to say we won’t be entering any AA programs any time soon . The obvious choice for alcohol was vodka, since it has a neutral taste (and according to Russians keeps you young…or maybe you just think that after you drink so much of it!!).
The result of the watermelon sorbet? Delicious! You cannot really taste the vodka, thankfully for me since I do not like it’s alcoholic nature. I imagine that a flavored liquor would greatly add to the taste of the sorbet, giving it another level of flavor. Since vodka is rather neutral, the taste of watermelon was very strong and refreshing. It is hard to describe, but each mouthful tastes 5 times stronger than an individual piece of watermelon! I have not tried the other variations of Sara’s sorbets, but I have no doubt that her Pineapple Sorbet is killer as well! Only odd thing is mine came out seemingly darker than hers, judging from the photos. I have no explanation for that!!