Hello, my foodie friends! I’m thrilled to share with you our refreshing lemon sorbet recipe, perfect for those hot summer days when you need something light, tangy, and oh-so-satisfying. This delightful dessert will awaken your senses, tantalize your taste buds, and leave you craving for more!

Lemon sorbet with caramel topping

You’ll get a velvety smooth, intensely flavored lemon sorbet that will transport you to a sunny lemon grove. The perfect balance between sweet and tart will leave your mouth puckering with pleasure.

As you take your first spoonful of this luscious lemon sorbet, your senses will be greeted with the bright and bold flavor of freshly squeezed lemons. The icy cold texture will provide an instant cooling sensation, while the subtle sweetness balances the tartness of the lemons, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors.

The vibrant yellow hue of the sorbet is not only visually appealing but also a testament to the natural ingredients used in this recipe.

photo of lemon sorbet dessert

Lemon Sorbet Recipe

This lemon sorbet recipe is a true testament to the power of simple, natural ingredients. With just four ingredients – fresh lemons, sugar, water, and a pinch of salt – you can create a dessert that is not only delicious but also incredibly refreshing and satisfying.
The best part? This sorbet is free from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, making it a guilt-free indulgence that you can enjoy anytime.
It is suitable for dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling and Churning (Approx.) 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 6 Servings (Approx.)
Calories 190 kcal


  • Citrus juicer or reamer
  • Saucepan
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Plastic wrap or a lid
  • Ice cream maker or loaf pan and a fork
  • Freezer-safe container


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 6-8 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest optional
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. This will create a simple syrup.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Transfer the simple syrup to a heatproof bowl and add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, the lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the mixture is completely chilled.
  • Once the lemon mixture is chilled, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes.

Alternatively, if you don't have an ice cream maker:

  • Pour the chilled lemon mixture into a loaf pan.
  • Place the pan in the freezer and let it freeze for about 1 hour, or until the edges start to solidify.
  • Remove the pan from the freezer and use a fork to scrape the frozen edges towards the center, breaking up any ice crystals.
  • Return the pan to the freezer and repeat this process every 30 minutes for the next 2-3 hours, or until the sorbet is smooth and creamy.


Nutritional Facts per Portion:
Calories: 190
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 15mg
Total Carbohydrates: 50g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 48g
Protein: 0g
Keyword lemon, sorbet
single scoops of lemon sorbet on cups

Imagine a scoop of pure sunshine in a bowl! That’s exactly what you’ll get with this homemade lemon sorbet. The smooth and velvety texture will melt in your mouth, leaving behind a refreshing and revitalizing taste.

Each spoonful is a burst of citrusy goodness that will transport you to a sun-soaked lemon grove. Trust us, once you’ve tried this lemon sorbet, you’ll never go back to store-bought versions again!

This lemon sorbet recipe is ideal for hot summer days, pool parties, barbecues, or anytime you need a light and refreshing dessert.
It’s also a fantastic palate cleanser between courses during a fancy dinner party.

Get ready to impress your friends and family with this refreshing lemon sorbet recipe.
It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion, and its simplicity will leave you wondering why you haven’t tried it sooner.
So, gather your ingredients, chill your bowls, and let’s make some lemon sorbet!

Recommended Pairing Drink:

Serve this lemon sorbet with a glass of chilled Prosecco or Limoncello for an elegant and refreshing treat.

Useful Tips:

  • Use fresh lemons for the best flavor.
  • Make sure your lemons are at room temperature before juicing, as they will yield more juice than cold lemons.
  • Want an extra tangy sorbet? Add a tablespoon of lemon extract.
  • If you prefer a less tart sorbet, you can adjust the amount of lemon juice to your liking.
  • For an extra-smooth sorbet, strain the lemon juice mixture through a fine-mesh sieve before churning or freezing to remove any pulp or seeds.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe by freezing the mixture in a shallow container and stirring it every 30 minutes until frozen (see instructions).


Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

While we highly recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor and texture, you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch. Keep in mind that the sorbet may not be as bright or flavorful.

How long can I store the lemon sorbet in the freezer?

The lemon sorbet can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. However, it’s best enjoyed within the first week for optimal texture and flavor.

My sorbet is too icy. How can I fix it?

If your sorbet becomes too icy, simply let it thaw at room temperature for a few minutes before serving or re-churn it in an ice cream maker to help break up the ice crystals.

Imagine a scoop of pure sunshine in a bowl! That's exactly what you'll get with this homemade lemon sorbet. The smooth and velvety texture will melt in your mouth, leaving behind a refreshing and revitalizing taste. Each spoonful is a burst of citrusy goodness that will transport you to a sun-soaked lemon grove. Trust us, once you've tried this lemon sorbet, you'll never go back to store-bought versions again!

Friends, it’s time to embrace the power of citrus and indulge in this delightful lemon sorbet!

With its refreshing taste and smooth texture, this dessert is sure to become a staple in your home.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try, and let us know how much you love it!

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