This is a quick and easy orange sherbet recipe that is going to add so much citrus and sunshine to your summer days! It’s light and refreshing, yet creamy and sweet.

Sherbet is the best mix of ice cream and sorbet, and it’s so easy to make! In fact, this homemade orange sherbet recipe has just five ingredients.

It serves beautifully on top of baked goods, or add it to your cocktails for a summertime dessert drink. No matter how you serve it, you’re going to love this summer dessert!

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This recipe is one that I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a long time. We love making our favorite quick and easy no churn ice cream recipes, and sorbet and sherbet are family favorites, too.

There’s something about the lighter fruitier flavors that just speak to summer. I’m so excited to experiment with more versions of sherbet and sorbet, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

The beauty of sherbet is that it’s the best of both worlds… it’s a perfect balance between sorbet and ice cream. I can’t believe how easy it is to make, and I know you’re going to love it too.

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Why You’ll Love it

  • Just Five Ingredients
  • Easy to Make
  • Light and Flavorful
  • Fun for Kids and Adults
  • Makes a Great Float or Creamy Cocktail
Whipping cream, vanilla and orange juice laid out on a marble surface

Orange Sherbet Ingredients

  • Heavy cream – Heavy whipping cream is best for this recipe, but you can also sub with whole milk.
  • White granulated sugar – To sweeten this sherbet recipe.
  • Salt – Salt is important to help balance out the sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract – Learn how to make homemade vanilla extract here for an extra special touch.
  • Orange Juice – For that sweet citrus flavor! You can use orange juice with pulp or without, your call.
  • Optional – Orange Zest. You can add this for even more texture and orange flavor.

Make Homemade Orange Sherbet in Four Easy Steps

  1. Add ingredients into a blender or food processor. Pulse as directed. Orange sherbet in a ninja blender
  2. Add orange juice and pulse again. Orange sherbet in a ninja blender
  3. Pour into an ice cream maker or loaf pan and freeze. Liquid orange sherbet pouring into a loaf pan before freezing Liquid orange sherbet poured into a loaf pan before freezing
  4. Optional: Add orange zest as directed for even more orange flavor and color. Homemade orange sherbet in a gold loaf pan, with an ice cream scoop

Variations

  • Add a little citrus liqueur (like Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or Cointreau) for more depth.
  • Stir in some fresh berries or even small chunks of ripe oranges right before you pour into the loaf pan – strawberries or raspberries would be delicious additions!
Homemade orange sherbet in a gold loaf pan, with an ice cream scoop

Tips

  • Your freezer’s coldest area is probably in the back. Store your ice cream there for a quicker freeze and to store.
  • Pull your cream out of the fridge right before you use it. It won’t whip up quickly if it is warm.
  • This sherbet takes 3-4 hours to freeze, so plan accordingly and make it ahead!
  • Use your favorite store bought orange juice, or make your own with a juicer attachment for your KitchenAid.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between sherbet and sorbet?

While sorbet is a dairy free frozen treat, sherbet contains dairy or milk products.

Is orange sherbet healthy?

Sherbet is generally considered to be a little healthier than ice cream. They generally don’t contain as much heavy cream or eggs, making sherbet recipes a little lower in fat and calories.

Homemade orange sherbet in a gold loaf pan, with an ice cream scoop

Serving Suggestions

Homemade orange sherbet in a gold loaf pan, with an ice cream scoop

How to Store

  • Freeze – Cover with plastic wrap or seal in an airtight container. Leftovers can be stored in your freezer for up to 2 months but are best when served within 1 week.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
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5 from 5 votes

Orange Sherbet

This is a quick and easy orange sherbet recipe that is going to add so much citrus and sunshine to your summer days! It’s light and refreshing, yet creamy and sweet.
Prep: 6 minutes
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar or to taste
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest optional

Instructions 

  • Add heavy cream, sugar, salt and vanilla to a blender or food processor. Pulse 4 minutes until light and fluffy to whip cream and dissolve sugar.
  • Add orange juice and pulse to blend.
  • Pour into an Ice cream maker or loaf pan and freeze 3-4 hours until firm.
  • Add optional orange zest and pulse with sugar for even more orange flavor and color.

Tips

  • Your freezer’s coldest area is probably in the back. Store your ice cream there for a quicker freeze and to store.
  • Pull your cream out of the fridge right before you use it. It won’t whip up quickly if it is warm.
  • This sherbet takes 3-4 hours to freeze, so plan accordingly and make it ahead!
  • Use your favorite store bought orange juice, or make your own with a juicer attachment for your KitchenAid.

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Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this today with half and half………….. and fresh squeezed orange juice and my husband loves it!!!!! Thanks!!

  2. 5 stars
    Is the nutritional information based off the entire batch of Orange Sherbet or a certain serving size?

    1. Hello Reynaldo,
      This orange sherbet recipe makes six servings, and the nutritional information reflects each serving. You can change the servings by using the +- yield sign in the printable recipe card.
      Have a great week,
      Julie