Refreshing Lemon Lime Sorbet

This Lemon Lime Sorbet recipe is a great way to cool down or refresh your palate after a rich meal. Made with just water, sugar, and citrus fruit, this sorbet couldn’t be easier to make!

Sorbet scooped into a small dish with a slice of lemon and lime.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for the sorbet spread out on a pink surface.

Sugar and water – Make sure to use plain white granulated sugar. Sugar and water are used to make the simple syrup that sweetens the sorbet.

Lemon and limes – You’ll need the juice and zest of lemons and limes. I recommend first zesting their peels with a microplane, then using either a hand juicer or an electric citrus juicer for freshly squeezed juice. I would highly recommend not using bottled citrus juice as bottled juice will not yield the best flavor and could even produce off-flavors. 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Before you begin, make sure that your ice cream maker’s canister is fully frozen. This usually takes 12-24 hours in the freezer. You can tell when it is fully frozen when there is no sound of sloshing liquid when you shake it. 

Step 1: Make your simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water over medium heat in a small saucepan.

Step 1 showing adding the water and sugar to a small saucepan.

Step 2: Add your freshly squeezed juice and grated zest to make the base. Allow it to chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Then, assemble your ice cream maker and pour the chilled base into the canister. 

Step 2 showing adding the citrus juice to the simple syrup and adding the sorbet base to the ice cream machine.

Step 3: Churn according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions. This process usually takes about 25-30 minutes or until the sorbet has the consistency of a thick smoothie. Then pour the churned base into a freezer-safe container. Press parchment paper to the surface and then wrap with plastic wrap or cover with an airtight lid. Freeze for at least 4 hours. 

Step 3 showing churning the sorbet and adding it to a container for freezing.

Step 4: Allow the sorbet to sit out for several minutes to soften. Then, scoop out your servings and enjoy!

Step 4 showing scooping the sorbet from the container to the dish.

Tips and Variations

Make a habit of keeping your ice cream maker’s canister in the freezer when not in use, so you can make frozen desserts whenever the mood strikes.

Swap the regular water for coconut water (not milk!) when making the simple syrup for a tropical coconut lemon lime sorbet variation!

Like a little spice? Garnish with a few dashes of tajin, which is a mild chili powder, lime, and salt combination that goes excellent with fruity flavors.

Add some bittersweet flavor notes by swapping out some of the lemon juice for grapefruit juice. 

Make a sorbet float! Scoop out a few scoops – then top with soda or seltzer water. For more sweetness, top with a lemon lime soda like Sprite. 

How to Properly Store Homemade Sorbet

In order to have great-tasting sorbet with the best mouthfeel, you need to make sure that you properly store your homemade sorbet. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:

  • Use a freezer-safe container such as a loaf pan or reusable ice cream container.
  • If your container has a non-stick coating, you should line the pan with parchment paper prior to adding your sorbet to avoid scratching the coating when you use your scooper later. 
  • Press parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on the surface of sorbet before sealing it with an airtight lid or a few layers of plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil. 
  • Place your container in a spot that is the furthest from the freezer door as possible to prevent ice crystals or freezer burn.
  • Consume within two weeks for best flavor and texture. 
Pan of frozen sorbet with a scoop and a slice of lemon and lime on top.

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Sorbet scooped into a small dish with a slice of lemon and lime.

Lemon Lime Sorbet Recipe

Melissa
This sorbet is a great way to cool down or refresh your palate after a rich meal. Made with just water, sugar, and citrus fruit, this sorbet couldn’t be easier to make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling/Freezing Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups lemon juice
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

Instructions
 

  • Important pre-step: make sure that your ice cream maker’s canister has been frozen for at least 12-24 hours prior to churning. It’s completely frozen when you shake the canister and there is no sound of sloshing of liquid.
  • Make the simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  • Once cooled to room temperature, add the lemon and lime juice and whisk in the citrus zest. Store in the base in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Once the base is chilled, assemble your ice cream maker. Then pour in the chilled sorbet base and churn according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. This usually takes about 25-30 minutes or it begins to resemble a thick smoothie.
  • Pour the churned sorbet in a freezer-safe container. Press parchment paper to the surface of the sorbet, then cover with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes for easier scooping.

Notes

Storage:
  • Use a freezer-safe container such as a loaf pan or reusable ice cream container.
  • If your container has a non-stick coating, line the pan with parchment paper prior to adding your sorbet to avoid scratching the coating when you scoop out the sorbet later.
  • Press parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on the surface before sealing it with an airtight lid or a few layers of plastic wrap and/or aluminum foil.
  • Consume your within two weeks for best flavor and texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 68gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword spring, summer
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  1. 5 stars
    Addicting! Once I started digging in and I could not stop. So refreshing. A perfect summer treat that all should try.