Desserts/ Recipe

Apricot Sorbet

August 12, 2019

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Apricot Sorbet is perfect for a hot summer’s day or as a light dessert after dinner anytime of the year.

Scoops of apricot sorbet in a white bowl.

I’ve been visiting the Peach Man again. The Peach Man is a local fruit stand that specializes in peaches, apricots and other produce grown in central Washington. Recently I’ve been buying apricots and making apricot jam, apricot sauce, cinnamon rolls with apricots and now this apricot sorbet! 

Apricots are delicious eaten fresh out of hand, but they are also just as delicious eaten in this homemade sorbet. All the vibrant taste of the apricots is there, but the taste is even more intense than a fresh apricot. 

What is sorbet?

Sorbet is a frozen treat usually made with fresh fruit and some sort of sweetener. I’ve sweetened this sorbet with granulated sugar. The mixture is then churned in an ice cream maker and frozen. 

How is sorbet different than sherbet?

Sorbet and sherbet are similar, but sherbet also has milk added to the mixture.

A spoonful of apricot sorbet.

Do I have to add sugar?

Apricots are pretty sweet on their own. However, when pureed and frozen they seem to be very tart instead of sweet. You will want to add sugar to this sorbet. Without it, the sorbet will be very sour.

What ingredients do I need?

Just three simple ingredients to make apricot sorbet- fresh apricots, fresh squeezed lemon juice and granulated sugar. You will also need to add water.

How do I make apricot sorbet?

  1. Wash, pit and chop the apricots Fresh apricots on a cutting board.
  2. Place in a food processor and squeeze a fresh lemon over apricotsFood processor filled with chopped apricots and a lemon being squeeze over the top of the apricots.
  3. Puree mixture 
  4. Pour apricot mixture into a fine mesh strainer. Apricot sauce being poured into a sieve over a glass bowl.
  5. Use a soup ladle to help push mixture through sieve. Simply use a circular motion with ladle until all liquid has passed through sieve. Discard any remaining pulp. A sieve with a soup ladle over a glass bowl.
  6. Combine hot tap water and sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Sugar being poured into a glass measuring cup full of water.
  7. Add sugar mixture to apricot mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. A glass bowl filled with an apricot puree.
  8. Pour apricot mixture into a frozen ice cream mixer bowl. Process in automatic ice cream maker until sorbet is set.
  9. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least one hour or until mixture is firm. 

Tips for making sorbet

  • Use fresh apricots and fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Do not peel the apricots
  • Make certain your ice cream bowl has been in the freezer for at least 12 hours prior to using
  • Chill your mixture prior to adding to ice cream maker
  • Sorbet is best if placed in freezer for at least one hour after churning


What equipment do I need to make sorbet?

Fun Extras for serving sorbet:

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5 from 5 votes
A bowlful of a peach colored ice cream.
Apricot Sorbet
Prep Time
40 mins
Chilling and Freezing
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 40 mins

A refreshing frozen treat made with fresh apricots.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apricot Recipes, Apricot Sorbet, Sorbet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 116 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 cups chopped and pitted apricots (approximately 8 apricots)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  1. Place apricots and fresh squeezed lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth.

  2. Pour apricot mixture into a fine sieve over a bowl. Use a soup ladle in sieve to help the apricot mixture pass through sieve. Simply rotate the ladle in a circular motion until you are left with a thick pulp. Discard pulp.

  3. In a separate bowl, place hot water. Mix in sugar and stir until all sugar is dissolved. Allow water to cool and add to apricot mixture.

  4. Cover apricot mixture and store in refrigerator until chilled, at least one hour or overnight.

  5. Place apricot mixture into a frozen bowl of an electric ice cream maker.

  6. Churn mixture until it becomes a frozen consistency, approximately 20 minutes. (follow your machines directions for churning)

  7. Remove sorbet from bowl into a freezer safe container. Place in freezer for at least one hour until fully frozen.

Recipe Notes
  • Use fresh apricots and fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Do not peel the apricots
  • Make certain your ice cream bowl has been in the freezer for at least 12 hours prior to using
  • Chill your mixture prior to adding to ice cream maker
  • Sorbet is best if placed in freezer for at least one hour after churning
Nutrition Facts
Apricot Sorbet
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 746IU15%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    August 14, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    5 stars
    It’s stone fruit season and I have yet to have an apricot. GASP! This is the best, most delicious reminder ever. They are on tomorrow’s shopping list. šŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      August 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      I hope you hurry before the apricot season is over!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    August 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, this apricot sorbet looks so delicious! Love a good apricot when I can find one. We take road trips just for good peaches. I never thought to buy apricots. I will have to check next time so I can try this yummy sorbet!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      I hope there are some available!

  • Reply
    August 14, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Now this is something I have never made before: sorbet! Those apricots look amazing, I can just imagine the flavor!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Adina!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    My mother loves apricots Kathy, so next time I visit her in Florida I’ll need to make this for her. I bet it’s so refreshing.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 12, 2019 at 5:45 am

    5 stars
    Oh man, I love apricot flavored desserts! However, to be fair, I’ve rarely ever cooked with them here at home. I wish the Peach Man was located here in our town. šŸ™‚ I enjoy a good sorbet, and this one sounds quite tasty, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 12, 2019 at 5:19 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious and refreshing sweet treat, Kathy! I am dreaming of warmer days and enjoying this šŸ™‚

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