Homemade Orange Sherbet


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Umm…okay, so I just learned that orange sherbet is not spelled orange sherBERT. No ‘r.’ Why is it pronounced like sorbet if we don’t pronounce it like that? Why make our lives more difficult, English language?! Why?!

It has been my dream for the last few weeks to make homemade trashy rainbow sherbet, but without all the food coloring. I’m still trying to figure that out in my brain because we need to do that. Growing up I had a serious fondness of orange sherbet, especially the variety that came in those gigantic plastic tubs with the plastic lid on it. I loved orange sherbet. I still do, except now I’m not really down with eating the stuff with weird chemicals and stuff. I want a natural situation.

Homemade Orange Sherbet // www.acozykitchen.com

Turns out it’s not that difficult to make normal-no-chemical sherbet.

It’s as easy as mixing fresh orange juice with some sugar and vanilla and milk together. I’d say this orange sherbet is about 4 times easier than making ice cream (no custard!) and it’s just as delicious. It’s still smooth, still a bit creamy and the flavor is exactly like an orange creamsicle.

Homemade Orange Sherbet // www.acozykitchen.com

Homemade Orange Sherbet // www.acozykitchen.com

Things to do with orange sherbet:

1. Put it on a cone. (Preferably a waffle cone.)
2. Open the freezer door and eat it with a spoon.
3. Add it to a glass and then pour ORANGE CREAM SODA on top of it!

Number three is the move. Definitely the move.

Homemade Orange Sherbet // www.acozykitchen.com

Homemade Orange Sherbet

Serving Size: 1 quart


  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk


  • In the jar of a blender, add the sugar, vanilla extract, 1 tablespoons orange zest, salt, orange juice and lemon juice. Pulse until the sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whisk in the milk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator until very cold, about 2 hours.
  • Pour the mixture into a an ice cream maker and proceed according to the directions of your ice cream maker, or until it reaches the consistency of soft serve. Add the reserved 1 tablespoon orange zest.
  • Transfer the sherbet to a freezer safe container and place in the freezer until very firm, about 3-4 hours or ideally overnight.
  • Serve it in a bowl, in a cone, or my favorite way, in a glass with orange cream soda poured over it. Yum.

Recipe tweaked from Alton Brown

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  • Reply this is lemonade July 26, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Looks like a lovely dessert! Your post thoroughly confused me though ha! I had to go to Google for help. Being a Brit, the sherbet-sorbet definition is somewhat different and what the photos show looked somewhat like sorbet and definitely not our sherbet. But our sorbet definitely does not have milk in it! Now I realise that you have shared a recipe for a dessert that I most likely have never tasted. This article below should help explain the transatlantic differences. Thanks for helping educate me some more today as well as sharing a delicious looking recipe! 😉

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Oh hahhaa. I wish you could leave a voice comment so I knew how you pronounce it. I can’t imagine it in my head. Haha. But yes, our sherbet has milk; sorbets however do not.

  • Reply amy @southern sweets and eats July 26, 2013 at 5:41 am

    My husband gives me a hard time about the fact that the “r” shouldn’t be in the pronunciation. It drives me insane. He’s trying to get me to say it without the extra “r”, but i just can’t. This looks super yummy, by the way.

    • Reply Martin June 26, 2019 at 11:44 am

      As a perso9n who eats squarsh, warshes cloths, and enjoys sherbert, my guess is the “R” sound is derived from a New England accent where “As” and “Rs” trade places. My Mother’s side of the family came from New England by way of the Mid-West. Definitely need to try this.

  • Reply Tieghan July 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Whoa and awesome!! I would love this!

  • Reply Jackie l FoodWineFashion.com July 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    You had me at that first picture. Orange sherbet reminds you of summertime as a child, doesn’t it? Let’s just take today off from work, sit around by the pool and eat orange sherbet!

    xo Jackie

  • Reply Megan July 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This looks like heaven. I’d chug it, that’s for sure.

  • Reply Billy July 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    The fourth thing is to just sit on the couch, eat all of it by yourself, and watch the hills.

    • Reply Kelly Jo July 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Glad to know I’m not the only person who still watches that show!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Ha….guuurl I tried watching that business the other day off Netflix and it didn’t go so well. LC’s crying situation drives me crazy. She’s a great looking crier though!

  • Reply Jourdan July 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This sounds so yummy!
    P.S. – You can use beet juice and spinach juice for natural coloring without affecting taste! ;o) Please tell me there’s a rainbow sherbet recipe in your near future?!?!

  • Reply little t July 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Is there anything you can’t do? This looks amazing.

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie July 26, 2013 at 9:47 am

    This totally takes me back to my childhood! I love it!

  • Reply Sarah @ First Night Design July 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    As a Brit, I too got a little confused but I’m with it now! I can smell the orange goodness, even though it’s competing with a potato being baked in the oven.

  • Reply Katy July 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    this looks so yummy!!!! mmmm mmmm!!!!

  • Reply Kim of Mo'Betta July 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    It should be spelled shur-burt 🙂 Or in my Southern accent, it’s more shurrrrburt. Whatever, it looks amazing. The orange ‘Push-Ups’ were one of my favorite things as a child, but I loved (love) all sherbet. I need to make this asap!

  • Reply Abby July 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I can imagine this being positively amazing made with peaches too!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This is straight up heavenly!

  • Reply Jayne July 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I need this in my life right now! Except, I haven’t got an icecream maker. I read that I can make this using a fork, right? Just a little icier. Not that it’s too bad of a situation.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      If you use a fork, you’d have something closer to a granita, but that’d be awesome, too!

  • Reply Kasha the FarmGirl July 27, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Try pairing this with ginger ale – my grandfather’s specialty 🙂

    It truly looks so easy to make and darned delicious!!
    Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons July 27, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I agree! Where is the “R”!? Regardless, this looks divine!

  • Reply Arthur in the Garden! July 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Yummy! I lover sherberts.

    English is a funny language.

  • Reply Laura July 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

    This looks so refreshing! So much better with natural ingredients 🙂

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food July 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Oh that sounds so refreshing with the soda. What a beautiful color!?! Let’s just be kids again for a few minutes with this drink.

  • Reply Emily@ TotesDelishy July 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I also never know about the lack of a second r… tricky tricky tricky. Rainbow SherbeRt was my favorite treat growing up too. The kind with the orange, raspberry and allegedly pineapple swirled together. If there was actual pineapple in that I would die of shock. I would love to make a grown up version of that, with actual fruit, and I’ll start with your orange sherbet recipe! Thanks!!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, orange sherbet! Love, love, love orange sherbet and it immediately reminds me of when I was younger!

  • Reply Skazka Vostoka July 31, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I also like orange sherbet youth. So much citrus! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Myra August 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Try adding dark chocolate chunks! Edys had a flavor called Swiss Orange that was orange sherbert with dark chocolate chunks. It was my pregnancy craving with my second child. They have since discontinued that flavor. With this recipe I get to recreate it! Thank you.

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  • Reply anna May 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    What a lovely recipe! Can anyone suggest a dairy free alternative?

  • Reply Judy June 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Anna, try 1 cup vanilla soy milk and 1/2 cup plain soy creamer in place of the milk.

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