Cucumber Sorbet

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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Cucumber Sorbet

Serves 3-4


  • *4 cups chopped cucumbers preferably organic (I used homegrown)
  • *1/2 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup, for a vegan version
  • *1/3 cup organic coconut milk
  • * 2 tablespoons vodka
  • *1 tablespoon rosewater- optional


  • 1. Put all ingredients in your blender and process until smooth.
  • 2. Pour into your ice cream maker (this is the one I use) and proceed according to manufacturer's instructions.

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  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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  12. 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.

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

  14. 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 ;)