Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats

Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats |
  • Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats
Posted on December 29, 2014

I’ve been taking a little time off since Christmas to re-charge and re-group. But I couldn’t resist stopping in quickly today to bring you a festive cocktail. Because this is our last chance to indulge before those gosh darn resolutions kick in and we have to behave ourselves. Or in my case, pretend to behave.

New Year’s Eve is all about the champagne. And this year I’m making it extra special with the addition of some homemade sorbet made with pink grapefruit juice and champagne. In other words, my love for boozy frozen treats has just reached new levels!

Just a small scope of this pink grapefruit-champagne sorbet is all you need to add some brightness to your glass of champagne or sparkling wine. And bonus: the sorbet keeps your drink cool without watering down the flavor at all. Now THAT is how you celebrate in style!

The sorbet needs some time of chill, so be sure to plan on making it at least several hours in advance of when you’re going to serve it.



Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats

Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats


  • For the Sorbet
  • 2 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • 3/4 cups sugar

  • For the Floats
  • Pink grapefruit-champagne sorbet
  • Champagne
  • Pink grapefruit, thinly sliced for garnish


  1. Before starting, make sure the canister of your ice cream maker is frozen. To freeze completely, the canister should be in your freezer for at least 6 hours before you attempt to churn the sorbet.
  2. Make the sorbet. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together 1 cup of the grapefruit juice, the champagne and the sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining grapefruit juice. Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl and refrigerate it until well chilled, about 4 hours.
  3. Once chilled, pour the sorbet base into the canister of your ice cream maker. Churn until the mixture is nearly frozen and slush-like, about 20 minutes. Transfer the sorbet to a freezer-safe container and place in your freezer until it becomes firm, about 2-4 hours. The recipe makes enough sorbet for approximately 16-18 floats.
  4. Make the floats. Scoop a small amount of sorbet into your glasses. Top with champagne. Garnish with slices of pink grapefruit, if desired. Serve immediately.


1. You can use other sparkling white wine (like Prosecco) in place of the champagne, if desired.


  • Liz!! love that you are taking some time off to re-charge and re-group . . I’ve been doing the same. . but, like you, I get antsy too!! 🙂 Girl, we are totally in sync here today with the cocktails. . these are a MUST for NYE if you ask me. . and you made sorbet!!! WOW!! love love!!! these pink grapefruit champagne sorbet floats are perfection and so festive!! Happy NYE!


    • Yeah, I’m not very going a resting sometimes!! Ha ha ha. Happy New Year, Alice!

  • Ohh these are so pretty! I could take this for New Years’, along with a nice day of binge watching TV and napping, sound good? 🙂


    • Sounds like a plan. You get the movies and I’ll bring the drinks!

  • I’ve been awkwardly quiet, too. Sort of like do I or don’t I post? I don’t want to bother people spending time with their families! A quick stop is the perfect way to describe how I feel about posting right now. And I’m glad you did, because now I can gawk at these champagne floats!
    Happy New Year to you, darling. Looking forward to seeing you soon 🙂


    • Awkward basically describes my whole life on the internet, so you nailed it! Ha ha! Can’t wait to see you too! XO

  • These are so pretty and perfect for New Years!


    • Thanks, Tori! Happy New Year!!!

  • Love these for NYE! I’ve been taking a mini-break myself. It’s a good thing 🙂 Happy New Year!


    • A break was definitely in order! Happy New Year, Jennifer!

  • I love this drink, Liz! Such a fun flavor and you can’t go wring with sorbet, either. Love the pretty color, too!


    • Yes, I’m a sucker for anything pink! Thanks, girlfriend!

  • This sounds incredible with the grapefruit flavor and the bubbly! One a delicious idea, and that color is gorgeous! 🙂 Cheers, Liz!


    • Thanks, Marcie! I love anything pink!! XO

  • Oh the first thing I am adding to my list is this!! Sounds so so delicious 🙂


    • Thanks, Zainab! Happy New Year, Friend!! XO

  • Sounds so delicious and refreshing. Perfect!


    • Thanks, Allie!! Happy New Year!

  • One of my favorite parts about the holidays is how quiet they are from a blogging perspective. That re-charge time is so nice!! These champagne sorbet floats look perfect for enjoying on New Years Eve. Sluuuurp!


    • It’s been nice to relax for a couple days! Happy New Year, Julia!

  • This is fantastic!! I love grapefruit, it is one of my favorites but it is always so underused! This is the perfect New Years treat!


    • Yeah! Thanks, Annie! Grapefruits are so good right now. I can’t stop eating them!

  • I love champagne floats! I am so pumped about grapefruit season too. Love that you made your own sorbet. I need to get an ice cream maker!


    • An ice cream maker is definitely worth the investment. I use mine ALL the time! Thanks for stopping by, Trish!

  • Those glasses are too adorable! Happy New Year!


    • Thanks! Got them antiquing last weekend! Happy New Year, Amanda!

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  • Liz, can I feature this (link back to your blog) and photo in a round-up I am doing for NYE?


    • Yes, of course!

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