Pomegranate Ginger Sorbet
A tart and refreshing pomegranate sorbet made extra special with the addition of fresh ginger and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
This pomegranate sorbet is incredibly easy to make. Ridiculously simple, in fact. All you need is 100% pomegranate juice and sugar. You could certainly stop there and make a regular pomegranate sorbet, but I decided to make it a bit extra special and add a couple other ingredients
It takes it from good sorbet to “woh…what’s in the that?” sorbet. Much better, right? In this case, those extra ingredients include fresh ginger and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
The ginger adds just the right amount of of zing to every spoonful–and the elder flower liqueur helps cut the sweetness and adds a slightly floral note, without being totally over the top. For those not into booze, I promise, it doesn’t make the end result boozy in the slightest. And they work so well together!
Obviously, a lot of us don’t need an excuse to add booze to sorbet. But if you want to get technical (and have an additional excuse), it also has the added bonus of helping keep the sorbet smoother and softer once frozen, since alcohol itself does not freeze. This avoids the whole icy, impossible to scoop sorbet that we’ve all known and experienced.
Technically, since most of us are lucky enough to have access to pomegranate juice year-round, you can definitely make this pomegranate sorbet any time of year. Summer, fall, spring, winter.
The resulting pomegranate ginger sorbet is refreshingly light, with just the right amount of tartness. The ginger and elderflower notes incredibly well pomegranate.
It would work perfectly as a dessert for a heavier meal. You could even make it ahead of time and serve it as a healthier dessert option at Thanksgiving or Christmas!
Pomegranate Ginger Sorbet
- 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (120 mL) water
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger
- 2 cups (480 mL) 100% pomegranate juice I recommend POM brand
- ¼ cup (60 mL) St. Germain liqueur optional, but highly recommended
- fresh pomegranate arils optional
- Combine the sugar, water, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally until sugar has fully dissolved. Transfer to a contain, cover, and allow to chill completely in the refrigerator. This will take at least 20 to 30 minutes, or longer.
- Once the simple syrup has chilled, strain the syrup through a fine-meshed sieve set over a large mixing bowl. Discard the ginger chunks. Add the pomegranate juice and St. Germain liqueur to the bowl with the syrup. Whisk together well.
- Churn the mixture in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. The sorbet is ready when it resembles the texture of a thick slushy.
- Transfer the sorbet to an airtight container, cover the surface with plastic wrap, and freeze for an additional 4 to 6 hours or ideally overnight. Serve and garnish with fresh pomegranate arils.
45 Comments on “Pomegranate Ginger Sorbet”
We stopped for ice cream at “Gladstone’s Land” on the Royal Mile in Edinborough, Scotland last week. You guessed it, they had Pomegranate Ginger Elderberry sorbet and I’m so glad I chose it! (Google the shop and you’ll see photos of it!) I was literally in sorbet heaven for the 10 minutes it took me to eat it on that beautiful 75° afternoon. Of course, I can’t find it anywhere here in the States. I was going to email them and ask if they’d share their recipe when I found yours. I will definitely be trying it and hoping it’s a match or, that I can make it a match! I likened the flavor to a “raspberryish lemonade” last week. Thanks for sharing – my fingers are crossed!
Unless I’m missing something, one cup of granulated sugar is 200g, not 100g as specified in the recipe. Unfortunately I trusted the 100g weight and made the sorbet before that occurred to me. 🙁
So is it one cup (200g) or sugar, or 1/2 cup (100g)?
I’m so sorry Curtis. My recipes were transferred to a new plugin in the last few months and this was a transfer error on my part (they all had to be manually checked and this is an 8 year old recipe on my site) – I’m incredibly sorry, as I know how frustrating this can be and I hate when I’m responsible for these errors as I don’t want anyone to lose trust in my recipes or waste ingredients.
I know this is not clear or obvious, but always go by the first measurement listed, though I hope this is one of the only errors on my site of this type. It should be 1 cup (200 grams) as you said. I will go in and edit this now, and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.
Again, I’m very, very sorry and I hope it still sets up OK!
Holy gaucamole! This recipe is so simple and insanely good! I didn’t have St Germaine, so I used champagne, and I added frozen pomegranate arils. Both of my roommates are crazy for it and think I’m a kitchen genius… I mean they aren’t wrong, but still. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe.
So happy to hear that you enjoyed it, especially since this is an oldie on the site! Thanks Corinna!
I LOVE pomegranates and must make this right now before they are gone from the store. Thank you! Also, could you answer a blog question? What recipe plug-in do you use? Thanks so much and I’ll let you know how the sorbet goes!
Hi Amy! I actually am a partner with Ziplist, but since I got my blog redesigned, I don’t use the actual plugin (and have a custom format). But they do have a Ziplist plugin for WordPress! Hope this helps. Be sure to let me know what you think of the sorbet.
This sounds like exactly what I want right now! I love pomegranate, and totally agree, it is definitely the prettiest fruit.
Let me know if you try it!!! 🙂
I made this on Sunday for dessert – it turned out great (and beautiful, too.)
Hi Rachel! So glad to hear that you made it and enjoyed it. Did you make any changes??
Holy – what a fabulous combination!! I need to try this recipe – even though it’s below freezing today!
Your pictures are so beautiful, love that vibrant color! Even though it’s cold out, I still want a big scoop of this sorbet!
Thank you so much Pamela! I know it’s a bit cold for sorbet, but couldn’t resist 😉
I am a BIIGGGG pom fan and I love that you boozed and froze it up for a fun sweet treat!!
Here’s to boozing up more recipes in the future! 😉
Boozy sorbet? I am so in! This looks great!
Yay! So happy to hear that. Thanks! 🙂
This looks absolutely gorgeous. I immediately want to say: grown up sorbet floats, with champagne please.
Yes!!! I had that idea too!! Still have some left… 😉
Mmm, I love this recipe. It looks and sounds so refreshing.
You crack me up!! I agree though, we all deserve a little booze after a long week! 😉 This sorbet looks to die for!!
Thank you Kristi! 🙂
Growing up they gave me grenadine (pomegranate flavored syrup) with water, the most fake flavor ever! I think I discovered real pomegranated a few years ago. And decided to seed one for the first time with a brand new white shirt… the under water method is the best, so true. And booze in a sorbet, I love it, it never completely solidifies, it’s awesome! The ginger sounds amazing.
Yikes–definitely not quite the same as pomegranate juice 😉 Ha! Yep, white shirts and pomegranates definitely don’t mix. Although when I used to deseed pomegranates at the restaurant, I was always wearing white….so I totally know the feeling. It doesn’t come out easily, that’s for sure! Thanks so much Paula!
Mmm…I love pomegranate this time of year, and the addition of the elderflower liqueur sounds too, too good!
Thank you Jillian! Always look forward to your comments 🙂
This looks incredible. I love anything with ginger…and certainly anything with St. Germaine! I will definitely be trying this one out over the holidays. I also love your styling of the shot with the pom fruit in front of the bottles of yumminess. Beautiful!
Yes! This was definitely an experiment with combining ginger and elder flower, but they work so well together. I think it was meant to be 🙂 Let me know if you try it!! Thanks so much!
Love this boozy pom sorbet, Laura! Just pure perfection for this time of year. Thanks for sharing, girl. Have a wonderful autumn weekend! Pinning tonight (of course)!
Thanks so much Stacy! You too! And thanks for pinning 😉
This sounds so crisp and refreshing. Much needed after all the halloween candy I’ve been polishing off. And thanks for the deseeding pomegranite tip, I’ve never tried it that way but seems much easier than picking all the arils out.
Yes! Definitely a nice break from halloween candy or heavier desserts. Definitely try the under-water method, it is SO much easier than picking out the arils by hand. Thanks Natalie!
Yes, we deserve the booze! These photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
Thank you, thank you! Pomegranates are so fun to photograph.
Great combo Laura!
Loving the recipe and especially the color of this sorbet!! Simple and stunning!
Thank you so very much, Meghan. Hope you’re having a great weekend!
This is an exciting recipe! St. Germain is my most favorite liquere. It works so well in several cocktail recipes I have. I can’t wait to try it in this sorbet this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
I think you could actually make a really wonderful cocktail with all of these ingredients! I’m sort of tempted to pour some sparkling water over it and go to town 🙂 Thank you Van! Please report back if you try it!
Gorgeous! I love how simple this is! Plus, the addition of ginger sounds amazing (and yes, yes I think we do really need that little boost of liqueur at this point in the week – lol!!!) Also love your fab tips for wrestling those arils out – super-helpful! Really wonderful post, Laura! Pinning ASAP! 😀
It really is SO simple. I mean, I guess all sorbets are, but this one especially. Thank you so much Shelley! You’re the sweetest.
Umm, I adore this sorbet! And I do not typically use the word adore, but it just fits because I love pomegranates and are obsessed with them every single year! I love that you added ginger (my favorite holiday spice, well maybe cinnamon is, but ginger second!) and obviously, some booze! I am not a drinker at all, but I love adding booze to my sweets. It just makes them that much better!
Oh and I am all about the underwater method. Thanks for linking my how-to-post!
Yay! So glad that you like it, Tieghan! I’m sort of obsessed with pomegranates too. Adding booze to sweets is the best–it helps cut the sweetness and really adds so much more flavor. I loved that post with step-by-step photos! Happy to link to it! Hope you’re having a great weekend!