Lemon Sorbet

This proven lemon sorbet recipe is as beautiful as it is delicious.  You get a balanced mix of sweet and tart from the first bite.  

The beauty of sorbets with acidity, like lemon and lime, is that you can serve them as an appetizer, between courses, or as a dessert.   I love to serve these between courses to cleanse the palette.  Here I spooned the sorbet into pretty Ice Shot Glasses for an added wow.


lemon sorbet served in a strawberry, lime and thyme infused ice shot glass on a white square plate

This was one of the first dessert recipes I made.  I was surprised it had one tablespoon of vodka in the ingredients.  I made it, and it was the best sorbet I had ever had.  Then one time, I made it without.  It was then that I learned one of my first lessons on food science. 

The alcohol in vodka prevents the sorbet from forming solid ice.  This is what gives the sorbet a beautiful texture (mouth-feel).  I use a tablespoon in every sorbet flavor I make, including chocolate!

lemon sorbet in a decorated ice shot glass

Lemon Sorbet

Foodie de Froid
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This makes a beautiful lemon sorbet. It's a trusted recipe that works perfectly every time and is sure to wow your guests.
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 tsp lemon zest from fresh lemons
  • ½ cup lemon juice fresh squeezed from 3 large lemons
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vodka


  • Grate 2 tsp lemon zest from 3 large lemons.
    2 tsp lemon zest
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the zest with lemon juice, water, sugar, and vodka. Mix until the sugar has dissolved.
    ½ cup lemon juice, 1 ½ cups water, 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 tbsp vodka
  • Place in the coldest part of your refrigerator until 40 °F
  • Pour the cold mixture into the ice cream/sorbet maker and churn 40 minutes or until set.
  • Serve or place in a freezer-proof container and place in the freezer until ready to serve.


Ice shot glasses are a perfect vessel for serving lemon sorbet.  You will get 8-10 servings from the smaller-sized glass.
Make Ahead:  This recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead.  
To speed up the process and skip the refrigeration step:  Place the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl that is placed inside a larger bowl filled with ice.  Mix the sorbet mixture until it reaches 40 degrees.  
Vodka:  The alcohol improves the texture and prevents the sorbet from forming solid ice.
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 305


Serving: 4gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mg
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De Froid Tip: Ice Shot Glasses

Look at these pretty serving vessels for sorbet!  The secret is they are both easy and fun to make.  All you need is a shot glass silicone mold and your imagination.  

The picture below was from a summer food-tasting party.  I cut little slices of strawberries, lemon, and lime and added them to the mold.  Then I added a few baby sprigs of thyme and small mint leaves.  I had these ingredients on hand from the recipes I served at the party.  Then I filled them with distilled water and froze them. Easy peasy.

I get excited going through my drawer filled with molds.  Use your imagination and creativity and design fun ice shot glasses that will make memorable moments for the humans in your life.


lemon sorbet in a decorated ice shot glass

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