I know what you’re thinking. Cucumber sorbet?

Cucumber Sorbet from Healthy Green Kitchen

I admit it’s a strange idea to get used to but it’s delicious, I promise.

Food52 held a cucumber contest a few weeks ago and I was inspired to incorporate cucumbers into a frozen dessert after seeing Drbabs recipe for cucumber mint ice cream.

The first time I made this, I used store-bought cucumbers and a bit of crème fraîche. I loved the combination, which I called cucumber sherbet (by definition, sherbets contain a small amount of dairy).

Now that my garden cucumbers are ripe…

cucumber on vine

…I made another version. But I went with coconut milk this time, so it contains no dairy (and I’m calling it a sorbet). You don’t really taste either one, though (the crème fraîche or the coconut milk), because they make up such a small part of the overall recipe.

You also don’t taste the alcohol, but I believe it helps keep the final product from getting too icy. Feel free to try rum or gin instead of the vodka, or try it without any alcohol, if you prefer.

I found that 1/2 cup of honey made this plenty sweet for me, but you can taste the mixture after you blend it and add a bit more, if you like. The rosewater is optional, but adds a lovely floral touch.

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    Ricki — July 23, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    I tried something like this when I first started the anti candida diet (and couldn’t have any fruits except lemon or lime)–I used lime and no mint. Yours sounds (and looks) lovely–and that vodka is a nice addition ;)

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    Chandelle — July 23, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    I don’t think that sounds weird at all – refreshing! I think I’ll try it with some lavender in place of the rosewater.

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    Monet — July 23, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

    I love this recipe…all natural sweetener, coconut milk, and a cool summer vegetable. Just delightful! I don’t know which I would prefer more…the sorbet or the sherbet.

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    foodies at home — July 23, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    I think this is an amazing change from traditional sorbet! Sounds amazing!

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    HoneyB — July 24, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    Actually, cucumbers have a cool refreshing taste so this isn’t too odd to me! I’d definitely be game to try it!

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    Barbara @ moderncomfortfood — July 24, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    It doesn’t sound the least bit strange to me either. In fact, I think it’s a brilliant idea! I can just picture the fresh, light taste of cucumbers melding so well with with honey and coconut milk, whether in sorbet or even a smoothie. Many thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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    Megan — July 24, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    I think it sounds wonderfully refreshing, Bet it would be a good cold soup too!

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    Cook with Madin — July 24, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    This is very interesting and sounds refreshing too. I would love to try it. Actually I was thinking of making some cucumber soup or cucumber gazpacho this weekend. But this is a must try on my list. Thank you for sharing.

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    drbabs — July 24, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the plug for my cucumber ice cream! this sorbet sounds so good right now–it’s blasting hot here!

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — July 24, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    What an interesting sorbet! I love cucumbers. Just enjoyed a cucumber martini today at lunch with cucumber vodka.

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    Aubree Cherie — July 25, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    I don’t think it sounds strange at all! In fact, I’m drying to try it now!!!

    ~Aubree Cherie

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    Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — July 25, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Wow this is quite interesting!! I honestly can say I think I would like it, it sounds so refreshing and light!

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    Heather Davis — July 26, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    Wow how unusual. We’ve got some cucumbers coming in so will have to try this.

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    Carol Egbert — July 26, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    This recipe sounds cool and refreshing. I think by definition a cucumber is a fruit so it even makes more sense as a dessert ingredient. You.

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    Maria — July 26, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    I bet this is so refreshing!

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    Heather Loves Healthy Vegan Recipes — July 26, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    I LOVE this idea… I think I may make it soon, though I have a bunch of fresh mint in the garden that I want to add since you mentioned the cucumber-mint ice cream! thanks for the recipe!!

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    Christinekw — July 27, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    hi – this is so interesting as I love sorbet. If the vodka is to help with iciness, what if you cut it back to 1 Tbl – would that help with the iciness but then have less alcohol? Thanks

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    Giovanna — July 27, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I Love all of the avocado in the recipes!

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    Aubree Cherie — July 30, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Hi Winnie,

    I was very serious about wanting to try is (and my intentions are still strong!! :)), so I added this recipe to my favorite recipes from last week post. Thanks :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

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    Aisha Foodista — November 8, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    This looks Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    I love cucumber salad and I just made a short Video for a really popular recipe. It’s always a huge crowd pleaser. And it’s super easy to make!!

    Let me know what you think :)


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    Cookin' Canuck — July 16, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    I can imagine that this is really refreshing. And what a pretty color!

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    Liren — July 16, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Oh my, this makes SO much sense, even though I’ve never seen anything like it at all! Love, love this sorbet, Winnie!

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    The Weekend! // Lemon-Rosemary Gin Fizz with Cucumber Sorbet | Katie at the Kitchen Door — August 24, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

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