Delicious French Lime Sorbet

Lime Sorbet
Dave Carlin
Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Rest and Chill : 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
0g Fat
37g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 49mg 1%
*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.)

Tangy sorbet is the perfect end to a heavy and hearty dinner, and the most refreshing afternoon treat on a hot summer day. It also is a great palate cleanser if you're hosting a multiple-course dinner. All in all, it might be your new favorite light treat. Just four ingredients and a few minutes of preparation are all that you need, as the heavy-lifting is on the ice cream maker, which will churn and freeze this mixture to icy perfection. If you've ever had lime sorbet in a restaurant and found it mouthwatering, you won't be disappointed with our recipe.

Sorbet is a less caloric alternative to ice cream or other standard desserts like cakes or pastries. It's also a vegan-friendly treat as by definition sorbet doesn't have anything but fruit, or a flavoring, sugar, and water. This is not to be confused with sherbet, which is also fruit-based but does contain milk. The short list of ingredients in sorbet makes it a great dessert to serve to a mixed group of people who may have food sensitivities unknown to you, given allergies abound to nuts, milk, soy, or eggs.

Lime sorbet is a simple dish, but by making it correctly and garnishing it in a pretty way, you can make quite an impression with it. For this recipe, we recommend you use freshly squeezed lime juice; as you need a whole cup be mindful that, on average, 8 to 10 medium to big limes might yield the necessary juice to fill up one cup, but that some limes are less juicy than others so you might need slightly more fruit. Plan ahead, as the mixture needs to chill completely—at least 2 hours— before you can pour it in the ice cream maker.


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

For Serving:

  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make the Sorbet Base

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, sugar and lime juice to a simmer. Stir constantly to help the sugar start dissolving.

  3. Cover the pan and lower the heat slightly. Cook the mixture for about three minutes or until all of the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir constantly to avoid burning the mixture.

  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and cool it to room temperature, or about one hour.

  5. Stir the lime zest into the sorbet mixture.

  6. Chill the mixture for at least two hours.

Churn the Sorbet

  1. Pour the chilled sorbet base into your ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  2. Once churned, transfer it to a freezer-safe container and keep it until it's time to serve. Place one to two medium-sized scoops of sorbet and decorate with mint leaves if you're serving it as a dessert. For a palate cleanser serving, use a small scoop per person.

  3. Enjoy!

Other Tangy and Refreshing Sorbets

Use our recipe as a template for other citrusy sorbet flavors by simply swapping the juice and zest of lime for other citrus juice and zest. Oranges, lemons, blood oranges, tangerines, or grapefruits are perfect to make refreshing and delicious sorbets. Decorate with mint leaves, or use edible flowers to make pretty decorations when serving this tasty treat.