At the beginning of every summer, I (Chanel) challenge myself to take on a new hobby. Some of them don’t go so well – like vowing to master the guitar or learning sign language, while others go spectacularly – like my “vampire summer,” when I jumped on the True Blood/Twilight bandwagon full force. Now that June has arrived, I’ve been thinking about what this summer’s challenge will be… sewing was a top contender (though that came to an abrupt end once I got my finger caught in the sewing machine), and learning a new language crossed my mind too, but let’s be realistic. Finally it came to me: ice cream making! It’s quintessentially summery, seems relatively easy to master, and my friends and family will get to reap the rewards along with me. I’ve started compiling a database of the most mouthwatering recipes out there, and these 10 flavors are at the very top of my list to try out. I’d love to hear about any recipes that you’ve tested and loved, and also, do any of you have ice cream maker recommendations?

1. campari citrus sorbet

2. berry cheesecake ice cream

3. honey and toasted nutmeg ice cream

4. concord grape sorbet

5. cranberry pomegranate sorbet

6. blueberry coconut milk ice cream

7. lychee sorbet

8. watermelon sorbet

9. green apple sorbet

10. peanut butter honey ice cream

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  1. 1
    Jenny Wawrose June 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This really makes me want to go out and buy an ice cream machine…!

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    jen June 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    that citrus sorbet is the cutest!! : )

    • Chanel Dror June 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I know! It’s almost too pretty to eat…

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    Mia June 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The lychee and watermelon sorbets sound so refreshing!

    I just made a lavender honey mascarpone ice cream (tweaked from a few different recipes) and it turned out pretty good!

    I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker – which is my first one, so I can’t compare it with anything else. The only thing I didn’t regret is not getting the Cuisinart with 2 freezer bowls (available at Williams Sonoma – I think it’s just ~$10-15 more than the one with just a single freezer bowl) so that I can make more than one flavor without having to wait for the bowl to get cold again. Regardless, I love having it though – because I can have full control over the ingredients, level of sweetness, etc.

    • Chanel Dror June 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      I would have never thought to get a second bowl, but that actually sounds like it would make things a whole lot easier!! Thanks Mia 🙂

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve been making my own ice cream weekly ever since my dear coworker gave me a maker for Christmas. Peanut Butter is high on my list of favorites, but I’m so adding honey to my next batch! Such a great feature, Chanel!


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    Julia @ life on churchill June 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    the grape sorbet looks so good!

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    katie June 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I love my cuisinart, but I too would recommend getting the second freezer bowl.

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    Camie June 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Delicious looking! Makes me want to try out some of these homemade ice cream recipes!

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    Maya June 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    It’s a nice day today in San Francisco and these are looking like the perfect afternoon treat. Yum!

    On a side note, some unsolicited feedback: I am not sure if the slide feature is there to allow you to post more photos, but it is a little bothersome since it reloads with every pic and the eye has to jump up and down every time and readjust to the page layout. Not sure if anyone else has brought it up, but I thought I’d mention it. One thing I love about your blog is how large the images are, allowing me to bask in their beauty, but the slide feature keeps them small. Regardless, still a huge fan of this creative retreat!

    Happy weekend, girls!

  9. 9
    delia June 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Beautiful photos 🙂

    I just made a batch of Nutella ice cream. Hopefully, it’ll turn out.

    Have a great weekend Chanel 🙂

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    Laurielulu June 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Chanel,

    I am now reminded of my great grandmother’s grape ice recipe. It was a cream base with grape juice as vibrant as the sorbet recipe. My mother has lost the recipe and I haven’t found a similar one yet. I am sooo craving it now! We used to have it for all family get togethers in the park, cranking away. Retro huh?

    • Chanel Dror June 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Sounds HEAVENLY!! Hope you’re able to nail the recipe down, sounds totally worth it 🙂

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    Elise June 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I have the cuisinart also and recommend it. I love to make frozen watermelon lime bars – its perfect for summer, really easy, and absolutely delicious – its a crowd-pleaser for sure (and has a surprise ingredient – tequila!) I got the recipe from gourmet magazine a few years ago – enjoy!!

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    Amberly @ The Good Life June 9, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Aww that citrus sorbet is too cute! I love this post, all of the different flavors sound delicious.

    I have a list of what I want to learn how to do this summer as well: sewing, photography and ceramics!

    Hope you have a good weekend Chanel!

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    barefoot duchess June 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

    love them all! I am not really a cooking lover (hater I would say), but these look like lots of fun!!



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