Rich, Tart Lemon Sorbet

Rich, Tart Lemon Sorbet
  • Yield:makes 1 quart
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes
  • Rated: 5.0
This recipe appears in:
The Science of the Best Sorbet Use Liquid Sugars Like Corn Syrup for Smoother, Less Icy Sorbet How to Make Rich, Tart Lemon Sorbet

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The title says it all: this is a smooth, sweet-tart sorbet that's perfect for summer. Or dinner.

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.


  • 1 cup fresh juice from 6 lemons, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon zest from 1 to 2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups water (preferably filtered or distilled bottled), chilled
  • 2 cups light (clear) corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vodka or gin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. 1.

    Whisk all ingredients except salt together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Add salt to taste. If water and lemon juice are not chilled, chill in refrigerator until cold.

  2. 2.

    Churn in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and chill in freezer until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

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