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5 from 4 votes

Lemon Sorbet

A tart lemon frozen treat made without any milk or cream. This frozen lemon sorbet is tart and refreshing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Churning Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups lemon juice fresh squeezed, about 8 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  • Heat water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Place in refrigerator until fully chilled.
    2 ¼ cups water, 1 ½ cups sugar
  • Juice and zest lemons. Chill lemon juice in refrigerator.
    1 ¾ cups lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Combine chilled sugar water with lemon juice and lemon zest
  • Pour into frozen ice cream maker bowl
  • Churn 15-20 minutes until sorbet is frozen and has begun to thicken
  • Remove sorbet from ice cream maker bowl and place in a freezer safe container
  • Cover and freeze for 1-2 hours until fully hardened (frozen)


  • If you want your sorbet less tart, add ¼ - ½ cup additional sugar
  • Make certain ice cream churning bowl is fully frozen. Mine takes 24 hours to fully freeze
  • Don't combine sugar water and lemon juice until fully chilled
  • To speed up chilling process, place sugar water in a bowl partially submerged in another bowl filled with ice water. Stir sugar water until chilled.
  • You'll need to harden (or freeze) the sorbet once finished churning. You can eat right away, but it will be very soft and will melt quickly.
  • Once hardened, the sorbet may be difficult to scoop. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before scooping.
  • Store in freezer in a covered container


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg