It’s never too cold outside for something frozen and sweet, right? This easy sorbet made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and Campari liqueur is light and naturally fat-free.

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet //

I know not everyone loves grapefruit as much as I do, but this time of year I can’t get enough. Along with other citrus, it brightens up bleak winter days and helps me forget all the spring and summer produce I’m still months away from enjoying.

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet // Grapefruit Campari Sorbet //
Grapefruit Campari Sorbet //

Since I am also a fan of Campari liqueur, this sorbet is something I’ve wanted to try for a few years now and last week I finally made it happen. Thankfully, my husband is somewhat of a grapefruit-hater and I got it all to myself. I was able to enjoy a sizeable scoop every night this week to curb my sugar cravings guilt-free (did I mention this is a fat-free dessert?). I may have even licked the bowl when I was done.

I have one more serving left in the freezer, and then what? Time to make some more, I guess.

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet //

What is Campari?

Campari is a liqueur made from a blend of alcohol, sugar, water and an infusion of various fruits and herbs. It originated in Milan, Italy and the exact recipe is supposedly kept very secret. Campari is somewhat of an acquired taste, but I love it. It actually reminds me a little of the flavor of grapefruit, which makes it even more perfect for this recipe.

A whole bottle of Campari is a little bit of an investment since you need so little of it for this sorbet. So what to do with the rest? Why not try a classic Negroni cocktail?

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet //

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

Yield: Approximately 1 quart

Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

An easy and refreshing sorbet made from freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and Campari liqueur.


  • 3 cups (710 ml) fresh grapefruit juice (from about 6 grapefruits)
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Campari liqueur


  1. Combine 1 cup of the grapefruit juice with the sugar in a saucepan set over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl, combine the grapefruit and sugar syrup with the remaining grapefruit juice and Campari. Chill completely in the fridge.
  3. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. After churning, let harden in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe adapted from The Perfect Scoop.

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7 Responses to Grapefruit Campari Sorbet

  1. This sounds perfect!! I love the combination of flavours!

  2. Tieghan says:

    Never too cold for this!! I am loving grapefruits right now, so this looks perfect!

  3. I am sweating down under (aussie reader) but this brought a well needed cool change to my food cravings. Such a party winner!

  4. This looks so amazing, Annalise! I’m a huge Campari fan and I know a lot of people don’t like it, but it’s one of my favorite liqueurs.

  5. Damond Kyllo says:

    “I was able to enjoy a sizeable scoop every night this week to curb my sugar cravings guilt-free (did I mention this is a fat-free dessert?)”

    Rather ironic statement given that Campari has a very high sugar content and you add another cup of sugar. Ruby Reds are already very sweet.

    Not sure why the fat-free craze continues as sugar has become a bigger problem for weight and health.

  6. Kate H.Knapp says:

    Hi Annalise,

    I’ve tried to reach you through email with no luck, so I thought I would see if this might be a better way to communicate. As you can see from my original email, we absolutely love your blog and would really like to include it in a round-up on our site. Please let me know as you can if you’re interested.

    Hope you’re having a lovely week!


    Hi Annalise,

    My name is Kate Knapp, and I work for Eat Boutique–an online shop dedicated to discovering the best small batch foods, as well writing a brilliant food magazine.

    We absolutely adore your blog! We’re in the process of writing a round-up of our favorite campari recipes, and we think your post about Grapefruit Campari Sorbet is the perfect fit. We would love to include it, if that’s alright with you.

    We would, of course, link back to your original recipe. All we need from you are the first and last photos (without text) from your blog post.

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  7. destiny says:

    Perfect recipe…and one of the coolest! I love grapefruit, and will surely try it soon.

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