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Lime Sherbet

June 9, 2018 (Last Updated: April 20, 2020)

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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! 

A white bowl filled with scoops of sherbet topped with fresh lime zest.

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.

A scoop of a frozen treat on top of a sugar cone.

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.

Fresh limes behind a bowl of lime sherbet.

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!

A closeup of lime ice cream topped with fresh lime zest.

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!

Fresh limes in a white bowl and on a white board.

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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Don’t forget to PIN for later! Scoops of lime ice cream in a small bowl.

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Scoops of lime sherbet in a bowl.

Lime Sherbet

Homemade tart lime sherbet
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Chill 2 hrs
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 181 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-10 limes)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk


  • Mix lime juice, lime zest and sugar together in a pitcher. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. 
  • Stir in milk. The mixture will slightly thicken. This is okay! 
  • Add mixture to ice cream mixture. 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 1/2 cup of sugar.


Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 208mgSugar: 31gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 12.7mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword homemade ice cream, ice cream recipe, lime, lime sherbet, sherbet, sherbet recipe
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  • Reply
    June 26, 2020 at 7:26 am

    hi, can you tell me how much does this make? ie, how many quarts? thanks.

    • Reply
      June 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Barbie,
      This makes about 1 1/2 quarts of sherbet.
      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I was looking for something dairy free. I like the simplicity of this recipe so Iโ€™m going to try and make it substituting coconut milk. I make my own so I can make it very rich and creamy. It will leave a coconut taste, but I can live w/ that. Coconut lime sherbet. Iโ€™ll come back and post the results

    • Reply
      August 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      I can’t wait to hear how it turns out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    June 18, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    How delicious Kathy!!! I love anything with limes. I’ve never made sherbet either, but glad to hear it’s so easy. Sounds a little lighter than ice cream – so refreshing in the summer heat. We were slated to have nearly 100 degree weather today, then a thunderstorm came in and cooled things off a bit, thankfully. I could have used a cone of this!!!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    June 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve never made sherbet before, but there’s something about the ‘icy coolness’ of it that makes it attractive- I must now try and hop onto the ‘sherbet bus’!

    • Reply
      June 14, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      You’d better jump on quick! You don’t want to miss that bus! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

    5 stars
    Super fun and tempting the sorbet looks!

  • Reply
    June 13, 2018 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    Super refreshing and pure fun this sorbet sounds. I am a sucker for anything that involves lime. Plus your pics are so tempting!

    • Reply
      June 18, 2018 at 5:08 am

      Thanks, Neha!

  • Reply
    June 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I love sherbet and this one made with lime sounds amazing, I can imagine the taste!

    • Reply
      June 18, 2018 at 5:08 am

      It’s bursting with fresh lime flavor!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    June 11, 2018 at 7:43 am

    5 stars
    ‘Refreshing’ absolutely jumps off the page….only wish it could jump into my mouth! This is happening! Love it, Kathy!

    • Reply
      June 12, 2018 at 5:29 am

      Wouldn’t that be awesome? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

    5 stars
    Sherbet is one of my favorite summer treats Kathy. I love how light and refreshing it is. The perfect dessert after a nice summer meal!

    • Reply
      June 12, 2018 at 5:28 am

      It’s perfect for a summer dessert!

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    David @ Spiced
    June 10, 2018 at 5:27 am

    What a fun idea! I’ve made tons of ice creams and sorbets over the years, but somehow I’ve managed to never make sherbet. This needs to change ASAP! I remember getting those containers of 3 sherbet flavors back when we were kids, and I loved getting a bowl with all 3 flavors. I think I need to relive those childhood memories…starting with lime! Love this one, Kathy!

    • Reply
      June 10, 2018 at 7:58 am

      The 3 flavor sherbet was my favorite!

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