Cookin’ Up Summertime Favorites: Homemade Sorbets!

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What’s summer without some cool treats? One of my husband’s favorite desserts is sorbet. He’s not that into creamy and dairy filled treats, but he can’t get enough of these tart yet sweet concoctions! Delve into these two simple, too fast, and extremely delicious sorbet recipes, and you’ll never go back to buying it from the store. You don’t need an ice cream machine or any crazy ingredients. Just fruit, sugar, water, and a freezer!

Homemade Strawberry Sorbet

Just 5 ingredients combine to make the ultimate frozen treat! This sorbet is simple, natural, healthy, and has a wonderfully clean flavor.


1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup sugar (use all natural raw sugar if you like)
2 1/2 Cups Pureed Fresh Strawberries
2 Tbs. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Lemon Rind


Simple Syrup

In a pot over medium heat, combine the water and sugar together. Continue stirring until it comes to a boil, remove from heat after you are sure all of the sugar crystals have fully disintegrated. Now you have a simple syrup! Easy right? Pour the syrup into a bowl or container, cover, and place in the refrigerator to cool.


Rinse and then cut off the leafy green tops of your strawberries. Then place the strawberries into a blender or food processor and pulse until the large chunks of berries are blended. We’re going to be pushing the berries through a mesh sieve to get rid of all the chunks, if you don’t have a sieve continue to process your berries until your desired consistency (don’t want it foamy though). Then I simply ladled the berries into the sieve over a large mixing bowl, and pushed the berries through with the ladle, to break up the remaining large chunks. You don’t have to go through this extra step, but I wanted a smooth consistency to my sorbet.


Grab a large tin/aluminum or glass pan. Combine 2/3 of your simple syrup, lemon juice (about 1/2 a large lemon), and rind into your berries in the mixing bowl. Taste the mixture, and make sure it is as sweet as you want it. If it’s a bit too sweet you can add some more water or a little more lemon juice. If the mixture isn’t sweet enough you can add the rest of your simple syrup or even more sugar if your berries were bitter to begin with. When the sorbet is made to your taste pour it into the large pan, cover, and place flat in your freezer. (We just covered our pan with foil). The larger the pan, the faster it will freeze and the faster you can eat it!

I let it soft freeze for a couple of hours. Then went back and placed the sorbet in an airtight container with a lid, stirring to get out all the air pockets and then placed that back into the freezer for another couple of hours. Yes I used an old cool whip container :P but tub-o-ware works great too. This sorbet doesn’t have any problem being re-frozen. So if you taste it when it’s frozen and it’s just not quite right, feel free to mess with the flavor a bit, and then put it back in the freezer.

Makes: 12 servings (nearly a quart) *We doubled the recipe with no problem at all!
Time: 30 minutes to prep + a few hours to freeze

We served the sorbet with some fresh mint and whipped cream. It would go great with some chocolate cake or paired with another sorbet too! I think next time I’ll try using balsamic vinegar instead of lemon, and cut back on the simple syrup a bit when using the vinegar. I know it sounds odd, but the balsamic actually enhances the sweetness of the strawberries. Next time you have a fresh strawberry try dipping it in a little balsamic vinegar -it is crazy good! Enjoy strawberry season!

Also, if you’re not the biggest strawberry enthusiast you can substitute another berry, like raspberry or blackberry sorbet. But be sure to add your simple syrup slowly and taste your mixture -those other berries have different sweetness’ and may go better with more or less sugar. *Please don’t be afraid to taste your food as you make it -each berry, pepper, onion, tomato, and meat…etc tastes slightly different! That’s the beauty of cookin’! :)

Homemade Lemon Sorbet

Fresh and natural lemon sorbet is a great pallet cleanser or perfect in smoothies! Warning: this recipe packs a super lemon punch! If you like your lemons on the sweeter side make up to twice as much simple syrup to put in your sorbet (read the whole recipe for more tips). :)

1 Cup water
1 Cup sugar (use all natural raw sugar if you like)
1 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (3-4 large lemons)
2 Tbs. Lemon Rind


Simple Syrup

In a pot over medium heat, combine the water and sugar together. Continue stirring until it comes to a boil, remove from heat after you are sure all of the sugar crystals have fully disintegrated. Pour the syrup into a bowl or container, cover, and place in the refrigerator to cool.


I used 3 large, baseball sized, lemons. I found placing them in the microwave for 15-30 seconds loosens them up and allows for more juice (it also sterilized the outside of the lemons). I then graated all 3 and finely chopped the rinds. Then squeezed the juice into a large measuring cup. I did use a citrus juicer (like for oranges) it made the juicing go faster, and caught most of the seeds. I didn’t mind getting a little bit of the flesh in the juice, and was sure to take out any seeds.


In that same large measuring cup combine the lemon juice, rind, and simple syrup. Now taste your sorbet mixture. This is a very strong sorbet recipe that I use in smoothies, so you may want to add more sugar or even make 1 1/2 cups of simple syrup (1 1/2 cups water to 1 1/2 cups sugar). Once your sorbet meets your tastes. Place in a large container, cover, and freeze for a few hours. Note, this sorbet will be very loose because you are really only freezing juice and not a fruit puree. I didn’t bother putting mine in a large pan, instead I just placed it in an air tight container and let it freeze overnight before using it.

Makes about 6 servings
Times: 30 minutes +freeze time

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  1. oh my gosh, we make the strawberry sorbet at my house too. It is so yummy!

    • Isn’t it? And super easy! Who would’ve thought?

  2. This sounds scrumptious!! Perfect for the coming warm weather, too.
    <3 Christina
    Wildly Original Round Up linky party is open!

  3. Both of those sound wonderful!

  4. I cannot get enough sorbet in the summertime! Now I can’t wait to go strawberry picking. Lovely photos too.

  5. I LOVE sorbets, especially now that it’s starting to get hot!!

    • These turned out so good, and we’re so easy! They didn’t last very long either ;P

  6. Delicious, can’t wait to make this one. I just used all my strawberries. Pop on over to my blog to see what I made with them!

    • Yumm! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I am so excited to find these recipes! My son is allergic to dairy so these will be perfect…all the other recipes I have found use an ice cream maker which I do not have. Can’t wait to try these!

  8. Sounds delicious! Perfect for summer!!!

  9. oh yum, that looks delicious!

  10. These look so tasty! I’m going to make the berry one soon! I have a new link party on tuesdays and would love for you to share this recipe!

    - Sarah @

  11. I just made my first sorbet this weekend. It used an ice cream machine. I’m going to try your recipe though, it looks easier. I’d love for you to share this at my link party.

    • Thanks Rachel, let me know if it is easier for you! I just made a couple more sorbet’s today just in the freezer. I do find that stirring them up once in the middle of freezing them helps keep everything together. Hope you like it!

  12. Yum! Sounds perfect for a warm summer night.

    • Sure is, just had some :) Thanks Rebekah!

  13. Just perfect for summer!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Thanks! I am totally obsessed with making sorbet now because it’s so easy! I just made Pina Colada sorbet and Mango Sorbet today, yumm!

  14. Yum! A nice cool idea for summer! Thanks.

  15. These seriously look so delicious! Perfect for those hot summer nights! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing your ideas on “Strut Your Stuff” Saturday! We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

  16. These look so good! I’d love for you to come link up to

  17. Can I just say, I loooove you for posting this! I love sorbets! Much prefer them over ice cream :) Thaks for sharing! Found you via TT&J’s link up!

  18. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing! Putting it on my summer treats list!

    • Thanks Diana! Both recipes here work great, and I’ve discovered it’s very easy to make nearly any fruit flavored sorbet just about the same way. Hope you’ll try them out this summer!

  19. This looks so yummy! Perfect for this summer weather we are having!

  20. I love that you have nutrition facts posted. Just to clarify, the recipe you listed makes 12 servings, but what size is that serving? Thanks so much! This looks yummy :-)

    • Hi Claire! The servings size is roughly an ice cream scoop, which makes each serving about 1/3 of a cup… Thanks, and thanks for stopping by!

  21. The best part about summer if fresh fruit sorbets! Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday.

    • You are totally right! Thanks for hosting Kristina!

  22. My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures! Thanks so much for sharing at A Pinteresting Link Party!

    • Thanks for hosting Liz!

  23. Wow, so refreshing and yummy! You are being featured at this weeks Tasty Tuesday Party, come by and check it out!

    • Thanks so much Emily! This yummy strawberry sorbet is making a lot of mouths water. Hope you’ll try the recipe out!

  24. Your sorbets look so delicious and refreshing! Featuring your post on my FB page today!


    • Thanks Jenn! Thanks for featuring us!

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