Limoncello Lemon Sorbet (with or without Mint)


This limoncello sorbet recipe is a concoction I came up with when I couldn't find quite what I was looking for. It is absolutely foolproof. It's simple, sweet, and tart, with just enough limoncello liqueur. Serve with a sprig of mint or fresh berries. Top with limoncello or vodka if desired.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 ½ cups cold water, divided

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves (Optional)

  • 1 lemon, zested, or more to taste

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup limoncello liqueur


  1. Combine 1 cup water, sugar, and fresh mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest. Let syrup cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Mix remaining 1 1/2 cup water, lemon juice, and limoncello liqueur into syrup.

  3. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker; churn according to the manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 15 minutes. Freeze until firm, about 6 hours.


If you don't have an ice cream maker: Pour mixture into a small shallow dish and place in the freezer. Stir every 30 to 45 minutes in the first 2 to 3 hours to break up ice chunks; keep frozen until smooth and firm, 4 to 5 hours more.

You can add more water or limoncello to taste. Please note that changing the liqueur-to-water ratio will alter the freezing properties. Pay close attention to mixture for the first 2 to 3 hours in the freezer when using less or no liqueur as mixture will freeze more solidly. If using more liqueur, be wary of adding too much as mixture won't freeze.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
40g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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