Food and Drink

Weekend Project: Make Refreshing Watermelon Sorbet in Your Blender

Ice cream scientist Maya Warren shares her summer treat recipe.

Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist
Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist
Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

You don’t need an ice cream maker to enjoy one of summer’s greatest treasures: delicious, silky sorbet. Offering a dairy-free, easy-to-make alternative to ice cream, sorbet is made with fresh fruits like watermelon, mango, and strawberries. And the best part is the only heavy duty appliance you’ll need is a good blender or food processor.

To get you started on your sorbet making journey, we enlisted the help of ice cream scientist Maya Warren, who developed a beginner-friendly recipe for watermelon sorbet as a part of her “Ice Cream Sundays” Instagram series. Warren’s work in ice cream has put her in a ton of cool places, including Cold Stone Creamery’s headquarters and for Tyra Banks’ new ice cream line, Smize.

“I wanted to do a fun recipe that people could even spice up a little bit with alcohol if they wanted, and was also non-dairy,” she says. “Watermelon is one of those that’s a great texture when it’s blended.”

Warren says it’s a fairly simple recipe where you simply dump frozen watermelon cubes into a food processor or blender and use sugar slurry, honey, or agave nectar for sweetener. She explains that she made it that way for a reason so that people could customize it to their liking and add in additional ingredients if they wanted to truly make it their own.

“It wasn’t just about only doing watermelon sorbet and that’s it,” she explains. “It’s also your opportunity to also be an artist in the kitchen and to be super creative and try new things. You can add mint, ginger, or even lime to brighten it. Before I was doing the sorbets, everything was pretty heavy and I wanted to give people something lighter.”

Cool off by checking out her watermelon sorbet recipe below.


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Maya’s No-Churn Watermelon Sorbet Recipe


  • Watermelon (seedless)
  • Water
  • Optional: sweetener of choice, alcohol, lemon or lime, herbs 

1. Cut watermelon into bite size pieces and freeze overnight.
2. Place frozen watermelon pieces into a heavy duty blender or food processor with water.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Serve and enjoy!

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Kristen Adaway is a former staff writer at Thrillist. Follow her @kristenadaway.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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