Fresh limes add a ton of flavor and tartness to this homemade lime sherbet. This sherbet will make you pucker with all the fresh lime flavor!
It's summertime and summertime means cool treats! I love eating Popsicles and ice cream and sherbet - lime sherbet and orange sherbet! Anything cool and refreshing usually fits the bill.
I've always loved sherbet, but this is my first time making it. To me sherbet is a cross between ice cream and sorbet. Sherbet uses milk, but no cream or eggs like ice cream. It uses fresh fruit juice, like sorbet.
I decided to make lime sherbet because I had a huge surplus of limes that I bought at Costco. I needed to use up all those limes!
Sherbet is actually much easier to make than ice cream. You don't have to make a custard and let it cool before churning. For this recipe you just zest and squeeze the limes, add sugar and milk and then churn. Really, it's that simple.
My favorite part of this sherbet is the pure tartness of the limes. You could make this sweeter just by adding more sugar, but I really love it tart! I don't think it's too tart, but one of my boys told me it was tart - which is funny since he loves super sour candy!
The tartness didn't stop him for having seconds though He was actually searching for thirds, but we had already devoured it!
Now that I've made lime sherbet, I'm ready for making other flavors - raspberry, orange, strawberry! Mmmmm....Just imagine the possibilities!
In the meanwhile, I also have some really great ice cream recipes that I make again and again - Peach Ice Cream, Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip!
I used an ice cream maker to churn this ice cream. Just one little piece of advice I'd offer - make certain your ice cream mixing bowl is fully frozen prior to churning ice cream. Trust me, your sherbet just won't turn into ice cream unless the bowl is really, really frozen!
The directions for my mixer says to freeze for at least 12 hours. Throw your bowl into the freezer the night before and then you are good to go!
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- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-10 limes)
- 2 Tablespoons lime zest
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 cups whole milk
- Mix lime juice, lime zest and sugar together in a pitcher. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, 2 Tablespoons lime zest, ¾ cup sugar
- Stir in milk. The mixture will slightly thicken. This is okay!3 cups whole milk
- Add mixture to ice cream maker. Churn for 20-30 minutes, depending on your mixer.
- Remove sherbet from ice cream maker and place into a freezer safe container. Freeze for at least 2 hours prior to serving.
- You may need to let sherbet sit at room temperature for 10 minutes prior to scooping if mixture is too hard.
- Recipe does use an ice cream maker.
- Make certain bowl for ice cream maker is completely frozen prior to churning.
- This sherbet is tart. If you'd like a sweeter sherbet, increase sugar by additional ½ cup of sugar.
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This is delicious! Definitely a little tart but I used one cup of sugar. Will Probably use a little bit more next time 🙂 I added green food coloring since this was a recipe for my kindergartners class for grinch punch. Can’t wait to hear how the kids like it!
It will definitely make you pucker up! What a fun celebration for your students! I'd love to hear what they think. 🙂 That is such a clever idea!
Susan D Whitsell says
In your step 3 o think you meant to say ic cream MAKER, instead of mixture. It confused me for a minute but then figured out what you meant. If I'm incorrect please let me know what that means.
Yes! You are correct!!! Thanks so much for letting me know - I'll make that correction so others aren't confused! Hope you enjoyed the sherbet! 🙂
This lime sherbet sounds great. Do you think I could use 2% milk which I have in the house, rather than whole milk? Have you ever tested that? Thank you!
2% milk will work just fine.
Douglas H says
Very, very good! I substituted half Thoug. My kids and I loved it.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Curious: what's "Thoug"? We're always looking for different ingredients for various dietary preferences.