Pink Tropical Raspberry Sorbet | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


This pink tropical raspberry sorbet is a super easy frozen treat for hot, summer days! Serve in a dish or with ginger ale as a float. Delicious either way!

close up view of pink sorbet in white dish with lemon cookies

I am so in love with this fruity pink sorbet! It’s a little bit retro, a little bit tropical, and a whole lot delicious.

Talk about a refreshingly delightful treat for the hot summer days ahead. It takes just minutes to mix together, and it’s fantastic scooped in little dishes OR mixed with ginger ale or another fizzy soda for a delicious float-type drink. 

I think it would be a wise decision to keep a batch of this in the freezer at all times. 

spoon in frozen soft pink sorbet in white dish

Trust me on this

I know some of you saw the bananas in this recipe and may or may not have said to yourself “Mel’s crazy; bananas do not belong here…I’m out.”

I’m asking you to trust me on this one. The bananas are wonderfully delicious in this pink tropical raspberry sorbet!

Growing up, my mom made a similar slushy fruit concoction that had more of an orange vibe – but it also had bananas. We would scoop it into cups and pour in a little sprite or 7-up, and it was one of my favorite things ever.

When it is all frozen and slushified, the bananas have the best creamy texture.

mixing pineapple sherbet, bananas, raspberries in kitchen aid mixer

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. To a mixer (or just into a bowl to mix by hand), you’ll add:

  • pineapple sherbet
  • thawed frozen raspberries and all the juice
  • sliced bananas tossed with a little lemon juice

Mix it all up until it is lusciously creamy and pink. The raspberries and bananas will break down into little pieces. You can mix for as little or as long as you want, depending on the texture you are after. 

Sidenote: before I create a revolt, I am already aware that in the strictest sense of the word, “sorbet” classically is just fruit + sugar without any creaminess or dairy. This recipe includes sherbet (which we’ll talk more about in a sec), and sherbet is usually dairy-based. So why am I calling it sorbet when it technically isn’t sorbet? The awesome MKC reader, Shauna, who sent me this recipe (that her mom invented) calls it “pink sorbet” – I loved the name, I love the history behind it, AND I love the recipe, so I’m still calling it sorbet. Thanks for listening. 🙂

mixed pink sorbet in kitchen aid mixer

Let’s Talk About Sherbet

Can I make a confession? Sherbet is quite possibly one of my least favorite frozen treats ever. I love ice cream and gelato. Frozen yogurt and sorbet. But sherbet? Pass. 

However, in this recipe, the pineapple sherbet is the perfect ingredient to bring all the flavors together. It adds a creamy tropical vibe without overpowering. Plus the neutral color helps let the raspberries shine with their vibrant pinkness.

I haven’t made this with other flavors of sherbet – pineapple sherbet was readily available at my small town grocery store. But I wonder if it would also be tasty with other flavors? Lime, maybe? Report back if you try. 

fruity pink sorbet spread into freezer container

Scoop the mixed fruity pink sorbet into a freezer-safe container and pop it in the freezer until it is set up.

It can be frozen for up to a week, and probably longer if it is well-covered. 

If it has been frozen for a while and is fairly hard, let it sit out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before scooping it up. 

ice cream scoop scooping out fruity pink sorbet

Versatile serving opportunities

The beauty of this fruity pink tropical raspberry sorbet is that it can be served a couple different ways. 

Shauna (who sent me the recipe) clued me in that it is fantastic served in small dishes with thin, crispy lemon cookies. 

I’ve found just such a cookie at Trader Joe’s and at Costco. I think Mrs. Meyers or Dewey’s are popular brands available at a lot of grocery stores. (If you can’t find crispy lemon cookies, a vanilla cookie would be delicious, too.)

The combination of the creamy, refreshing sorbet and the light and crispy cookies is out of this world delicious. Pretty and elegant, it would be perfect for a fun luncheon or baby/bridal shower…or just for a simple after dinner treat in the summer.

scoop of fruity pink sorbet in white dish with two lemon cookies

Make it a float

Another way to serve this pink sorbet is float-style. 

The combination of crisp, cold ginger ale with the frozen tropical flavors of the sorbet is crazy good. Totally reminds me of my childhood when we would have some kind of “float” very, very regularly. 

Purple cows (grape soda and vanilla ice cream). Root beer floats. Cream soda floats. My mom’s orange/banana slush + sprite. Floats are where it’s at.

pouring ginger ale into glass with frozen pink sorbet

fruity pink sorbet in glass with ginger ale

I love this throwback recipe! It’s good stuff. One of those staple recipes that is really, really nice to have in your back pocket.

Perfect for serving to company or to finish off a backyard BBQ, it’s unique enough that people will be clamoring for the recipe. 

Every time we pull this out of the freezer, I find myself getting just one more scoop. That light and refreshing vibe is pretty hard to resist. 

And because I know YOU and the creativity that resides in your soul, I’m just going to be sitting here waiting for someone (or a lot of someones) to come up with some different flavor variations to knock my socks off. 

top down view of frozen pink sorbet in white dish

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Yield: 10 cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

scooping out pink sorbet with ice cream sorbet

Ingredients

Sorbet:

  • 1/2 gallon pineapple sherbet
  • 10-ounces frozen raspberries, thawed (don’t drain)
  • 2-3 medium bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Optional:

  • Thin, crispy lemon cookies (see note)
  • Ginger ale (see note)

Instructions

  1. Scoop sherbet into the bowl of an electric stand mixer (or into a large bowl to mix by hand or with an electric hand mixer). Let it soften until mixable, 5-10 minutes.
  2. While the sherbet softens, toss the bananas with the lemon juice (adds a boost of flavor and helps the bananas retain their bright color).
  3. To the sherbet, add the raspberries (with any accumulated juices) and the bananas and lemon juice. Mix until well combined and the raspberries and bananas are in small pieces (continue mixing if you want them broken down even more).
  4. Scoop into a freezer-safe container and freeze until set up, 2-3 hours (or longer). Before serving, let the sorbet sit at room temp for 15 minutes to soften slightly. Scoop into bowls (delicious served with a few thin and crispy lemon cookies) OR scoop into glasses with ginger ale for a fizzy float drink.

Notes

Cookies: this is delicious served with thin, crispy lemon or vanilla cookies. I’ve found the lemon cookies at Trader Joe’s or Costco.

Ginger Ale: when making this “float-style” I prefer using ginger ale, but you could also use sprite or 7-up.

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Recipe Source: adapted a little from a a tried-and-true family recipe from an MKC reader, Shauna K (thanks, Shauna!)

Posted on June 15, 2020 by Mel



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