Thyme to Be Mine: Grapefruit Vanilla Thyme Ice Cream Recipe

By Brittni • Updated on 01/31/2016

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream

February is national grapefruit month. And since today is February 1st and all, we might as well celebrate with a grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe. Right? Right!

At this point, I’m pretty sure you know that I have a deep love for ice cream. And while a lot of the ice cream recipes around here are on the richer side, this one is super light…almost like a sorbet. So light and fresh tasting. I love it. Want to make your own?

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Grapefruit slices

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe…


  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 a cup of grapefruit juice from grapefruit pulp included, plus two tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2  1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Combine 2 tablespoons of the grapefruit juice with cornstarch and stir until the cornstarch has dissolved in a bowl.

Next, combine the milk with the rest of the grapefruit juice, heavy cream, granulated sugar, salt, vanilla bean, and two sprigs of thyme in the sauce pan. Set aside.

In a bowl, prepare an ice bath for the sauce pan. This will be used to chill the ice cream base afterwards.

Move the sauce pan with the milk mixture to the stove and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Once the mixture is at a steady simmer, heat the mixture for 6 minutes, stirring with a whisk.

Remove thyme sprigs and reduce heat to low also, while stirring, add corn starch mixture.

Increase back to medium heat and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and submerge the sauce pan into the ice bath. Keep stirring! This will help cool the ice cream base more quickly and evenly.

Once the mixture has cooled down place in an airtight container and let refrigerate for an hour

Then add the mixture to the ice cream maker and turn it on. (Make sure you follow the direction of your ice-cream maker) It took about 20 minutes for my ice-cream to churn and set up

Scoop the ice cream into freezer-safe pans, and cover with airtight lids, and freeze overnight.

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Grapefruit slices

Grapefruit vanilla thyme ice cream recipe

Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Are you a grapefruit fan? And more importantly, are you as excited for spring to hurry up and get here as I am? Let me know in the comments below.

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It looks too yummy to ignore! (diet, why now? seriously why?!). Pinned for better days 😉

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This must be delicious!! I love grapefruit, never thought about it as ice cream!! =)

Melanie@Toots + Dill

Yep, it sure is Sharon. 🙂


Really? I guess I didn’t know February very well after all! Does look very refreshing. I hardly ever have grapefruit anything – and I like grapefruit! ….Why the simmer before the chill?

Sharon / tpt

Glad to hear you like it, Bella.


Oh my gosh this looks and sounds to die for!

Bella B

What?! Now I’m wishing I was in your science class, Kelsey, because I never did that in my science class. 🙁


Yum! This totally reminds me of junior high when we made our own ice cream in science class!


I hear ya, Alice, about it being cold. I eat ice cream year round though…as long as I”m indoors, I’m good to go. 🙂


This looks so yummy! I will have to give this a try, although I feel it may be a little too cold for ice cream where I am right now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing x

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Oh darn, Michelle. Maybe next time.


I’m so sad that I don’t have an ice cream machine, now that I’ve read this recipe. I really really like the flavor combination here, I would love to taste it right now!


Yep! Anissa has been rocking it with the recipes. Thanks Harsh.


I’m a grapefruit fan! This ice cream sounds delicious. Anissa always seems to have good recipes!


It’s true, Emily. Ice cream does make everything better. 🙂


Ice cream makes everything sound so much better. I’m not a big grapefruit fan, but for some reason putting it in ice cream with an herb kick sounds really refreshing!


Oh good, KNC. Let me know how it turns out.


Oh my gosh, I need to make this immediately! The weather suddenly got much warmer, so this is perfect timing!

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