piña colada sorbet

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 in Food

I’m kinda in love with my ice cream machine.

I mean, I knew it would be fun. And great for summer. And tasty. But I had no idea what kind of miracles the little rotating drum could actually pump out until this week. I mean, strawberry cheesecake ice cream was a great and all, but this. This is a whole new level of ice cream machine glory. Of course, it is only the second batch of anything I’ve made with it, but still, I have a seriously hard time believing this one is top-able.

And that is saying a lot about something without chocolate or bacon in it. I actually passed up a brownie last night to eat a bowl of piña colada sorbet. If you know anything about me, know that if I pass up chocolate, either I’m very, very ill, the world’s axis has shifted, we’re being attacked by chocolate-loving zombies, or the alternative is life-changing good.

I’m sure you can figure out which one of those it is (hint: not the zombies).

Promise me you’ll go and make this, okay? Even if you don’t have an ice cream machine you could freeze the mixture in individual servings (the pineapple will just settle and it might be a bit more icy and hard). You could also freeze the mixture into delicious, tropical popsicles.

Of course, you could also scoop the sorbet into glasses and the drizzle the top with some rum. Insert straw and be instantly transported to some beautiful sugar sand beach.

Piña Colada Sorbet

Makes about 1 quart

Print this recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1-13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. First up, we’re going to make a concentrated simple syrup. In a saucepan, mix together sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil until sugar is completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blended, dump in entire can of pineapple (juice and all). Blend on high for 3-4 minutes until smooth and frothy.
  3. Add coconut milk, lime juice and vanilla to the blender. Blend for another 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer pineapple mixture to large bowl, whisk in simple syrup and chill in fridge until completely cold, 3-4 hours.
  5. Once cool, transfer mixture to the canister of your ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions.


  1. You.are.a.genius. Only I don’t have an ice cream maker. I’m pretty sure I should go buy one JUST so I can make this, though. :)

    • YES. BUY ONE. You will NOT regret it. :)
      Or, you could just freeze them into popsicles.

  2. I really want an ice cream machine!! Christmas is too far away and my birthday was last month. Maybe I can tell my husband to buy me one for Labor Day! Then I can make this sorbet and serve it with a pina colada :)

    • I LOVE my ice cream machine. It was definitely one of those things that I never would have bought for myself, but am totally in love with. :)

  3. This looks seriously yummy. Wow. There is something about summertime that just screams coconut and pineapple ;)

    • I totally agree! We plowed through this whole batch in less than 48 hours. It just tasted SO good after being outside in 90°+ heat. Must make more!

  4. Since we’re dairy free over here, we got right on top of making this. Turned out great! The coconut taste got a little hidden so next time I might grind some up to coconut it up some more since I’m a coconut-a-holic. The girls are eating it up! Very refreshing!

    • Glad you liked it! Mine tasted super coconutty. Wonder if different brands of coconut milk have different intensities?

  5. This looks fantastic Cassie and I absolutely LOVE your story and the meaning behind your blog! New follower! xoxo

  6. I made this sans ice cream machine. It was super easy, and it turned out great! I live in Hawaii, so this is perfect end to a hot day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Awesome! So glad it worked. :)

  7. I made this tonight and it was SO. GOOD! Im trying my hardest not to go back and devour the rest!

    • Glad you liked it! I think I might need to make another batch before summer is out.

  8. I made a version of this and wrote about it here. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. It was a tasty way to beat the heat!

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