This Homemade Lemon Sorbet Recipe is Fantastic

Four balls of sorbet on a plate
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Indulge in the refreshing burst of citrus with this fantastic homemade lemon sorbet recipe. Perfect for hot summer days or as a palate cleanser between courses, this sorbet is bursting with zesty lemon flavor and is surprisingly easy to make. Here’s how to whip up a batch of this delightful treat.


  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Lemon slices or mint leaves for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved, and the mixture forms a simple syrup. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Once the simple syrup has cooled, stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Mix well to combine, ensuring that the lemon juice is fully incorporated into the syrup.
  3. Pour the lemon mixture into a shallow dish or baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer.
  4. Every 30 minutes, remove the sorbet mixture from the freezer and use a fork to scrape and fluff the mixture, breaking up any ice crystals that form. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for about 3-4 hours, or until the sorbet reaches your desired consistency.
  5. Once the sorbet is firm but still scoopable, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer until ready to serve. When serving, scoop the sorbet into bowls or glasses. Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves for an extra touch of freshness, if desired.
  6. Enjoy this refreshing lemon sorbet on its own as a light and tangy dessert, or pair it with fresh berries, shortbread cookies, or a drizzle of honey for added indulgence.