This is the 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 sprig of mint or fresh berries. Top with limoncello or vodka if desired.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
5 mins
6 hrs 20 mins
6 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • 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.

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

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


Cook's Notes:

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 the mixture for the first 2 to 3 hours in the freezer when using less or no liqueur as the mixture will freeze more solidly. If using more liqueur, be wary of adding too much as the mixture won't freeze.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 39.9g; sodium 3.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Made this with the alcohol. big hit at my party! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
THIS IS SO GOOD. OMG. Seriously, this sorbet is the bomb! It's lemony, just a touch sweet, and then there's this light hit of limoncello to finish it off. It's perfect! I used the zest of 2 lemons in this, but otherwise kept everything else the same. It took 25 minutes in ice cream maker to set up (but that's just how long my ice cream maker takes). Next time I make it, I might try 3/4 cup limoncello instead of a 1/2. The flavor of the limoncello is there, but it's a bit light, so I might try upping it slightly in the future. But still, the recipe as-is, is completely and utterly delicious! 10 stars! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Wow can I finally LOGIN I NEVER. CAN LOGIN TO THIS SITE!what browser do you use for windows ten?not Facebook but google--it keeps telling me this site IS TOO DANGEROUS? I just wanted to make lemon sorbet with no alcohol,how do I do this?what do I substitute?anyone? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this with the alcohol. big hit at my party! Read More