Homemade Lime Sherbet

Lime sherbet

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Freezing: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
279 Calories
4g Fat
59g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 57g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 212mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lime sherbet combines the ingredients of lime sorbet with dairy, in the form of milk or heavy cream. You get to keep the sweet and tart fruit flavor of the sorbet while adding the smoothness of ice cream. Citrus fruits like lime and orange are classic flavors for sherbet. Try making both of them and swirling them together to make your own rainbow sherbet.

This recipe is a very easy one to put together, so it’s a great introduction to making sherbet. If you can heat up water in a small pan, you can make this recipe.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2/3 cup lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 2 drops green food coloring, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan, stirring frequently until sugar has completely dissolved.

  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in lime juice and zest. Refrigerate mixture until it is completely chilled.

  4. Stir milk and green food coloring (if using) into lime juice.

  5. Churn sherbet according to directions on ice cream freezer.

  6. Store lime sherbet in an air-tight plastic container in your freezer. Allowing it to set for at least an hour before serving will give you a firmer texture than if you serve it right out of ice cream maker.

Recipe Variation

  • For an adult option, add two tablespoons of tequila. It is a great combination with the lime.