cucumber & mint sorbet

Yip I’m playing with my ice cream machine again… this time in anticipation of having a garden over run with cucumbers, what to do, what to do, what to do… well I did this,  what are you going to do?

Cucumber Sorbet

3 cucumbers peeled and seeded


1 c mint infused simple syrup (2 c water, 1 c sugar, 3/4 bunch mint) gently boiled until sugar dissolves and solution is syrupy, strain)

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 tsp guar gum (available at health food shops)

Once cucumbers are peeled and seeded, chop into chunks and blend until smooth. Depending on how juicy your cukes are you may need to add a little water to blender to get things going.

Line a fine mesh sieve with cheesecloth and strain out pulp.

cucumber draining

cucumber juice

Discard pulp

Mix the cucumber liquid with the simple syrup, lime juice and guar gum.  Place in ice cream make and churn baby churn.


cucumber srbet

cool, limey, minty and oh so refreshing!


  1. Posted August 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    This looks so fresh and tasty!! Yum yum!

  2. Posted August 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This looks delightful! I’d better get my ice cream maker tub into the freezer! Thanks for the idea.
    BTW, I tweeted about this post – I see from that six people have checked it out so far!

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      hey awesome, thanks for the “tweet”!

  3. eh
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Looks delicious. Where do you find guar gum?

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 21, 2009 at 8:23 am | Permalink

      Any health food store should have it!

  4. Sarah
    Posted August 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow and Yum!

  5. Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    ooooooo, now that looks tasty!

  6. Posted August 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    These flavors sound so refreshing. I can only imagine how yummy and cooling this would be after something spicy!

  7. Abby
    Posted August 28, 2009 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Oh, this is what I am looking for. I just was looking for a cucumber recipe (reading Smithsonian last night – the Polish travel article). Now on to look for a recipe for parsley ice cream and roasted artichokes.


    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted August 28, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      maybe i should try parsley sorbet??? umm maybe not!

  8. Stacey
    Posted May 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this recipe! I made some minor adjustments though. I cut the sugar by half and added a tablespoon of ginger while pureeing the cucumbers. The ginger adds a mild kick to the refreshing cucumber.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted May 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      oooh i love the idea of adding ginger! will try it this way

  9. Carol
    Posted July 22, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Love these ideas. I think I’ll try adding a bit of lemon. Yumm!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    this may be a silly question, but is there any way to make this if you don’t have an ice cream machine?? 🙂

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Himm you can make a shaved ice, by freezing and then scraping with a fork and re-freezing.

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