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Orange Sherbet


To make this refreshing Orange Sherbet, you will need:

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (about 3-4 large oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kitchen Equipment

You’ll need the following equipment to prepare this recipe:

  • Blender or food processor
  • Fine mesh strainer (optional)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Freezer-safe container
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowls


  1. Prepare the Orange Juice: Squeeze fresh oranges to yield 1 cup of juice. For a smoother texture, strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a blender or food processor, combine the fresh orange juice, lemon juice, granulated sugar, milk (or half-and-half), orange zest, and vanilla extract. Blend until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Chill the Mixture: Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Chilling helps the sherbet freeze more evenly and improves the texture.
  4. Freeze the Sherbet: Transfer the chilled mixture into a freezer-safe container. Place it in the freezer for about 1-2 hours, or until it starts to freeze around the edges.
  5. Stir and Freeze Again: Remove the container from the freezer and whisk the mixture vigorously to break up any ice crystals. Return it to the freezer and repeat this process every 30 minutes for about 3 hours. This step helps achieve a smooth and creamy texture.
  6. Final Freeze: Once the sherbet is smooth and fully frozen, let it freeze for an additional 2-3 hours or overnight for a firmer consistency.
  7. Serve: Scoop the Orange Sherbet into bowls or cones and enjoy immediately. Garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of orange for a decorative touch.

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjusting Sweetness: Taste the mixture before freezing and adjust the sugar according to your preference. Remember that the sweetness will be slightly muted when frozen.
  • Creamier Texture: For an extra creamy texture, use half-and-half or add a splash of heavy cream to the mixture.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different citrus fruits like tangerines, mandarins, or blood oranges for unique flavor twists.

Storing Leftovers

Store any leftover sherbet in an airtight container in the freezer. To prevent ice crystals from forming, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the sherbet before sealing the container. It will keep well for up to 2 weeks.


Orange Sherbet pairs wonderfully with:

  • Fresh fruit salads
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Lemon bars
  • A drizzle of chocolate sauce or raspberry coulis


Q: Can I make this recipe without a blender? A: Yes, you can whisk the ingredients together by hand, but a blender or food processor ensures a smoother mixture.

Q: Can I use bottled orange juice? A: Fresh orange juice is recommended for the best flavor, but you can use bottled juice if it’s 100% pure and free from additives.

Q: How can I make this recipe dairy-free? A: Substitute the milk with a plant-based alternative like coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy-free version.

Q: Why is my sherbet icy instead of creamy? A: Ensuring the mixture is well-blended and stirring it regularly during the freezing process helps achieve a creamy texture. Using whole milk or half-and-half also contributes to creaminess.

Q: Can I add other fruits to this sherbet? A: Yes, feel free to blend in other fruits like strawberries or mangoes for a mixed fruit sherbet. Adjust the sugar as needed.

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