Homemade key lime sherbet is every bit as tart and creamy, sweet and refreshing as you would hope. The best part is it only takes three simple ingredients!
You can have this tasty key lime sherbet churning in no time. There is almost no effort involved at all. Plus the key lime flavor really shines through. It tastes so fresh and cold, perfect for a hot summer evening!
We stocked up on key lime juice after Little Dude asked for key lime pie jars for his birthday treat. We can only get the fresh limes occasionally, but usually the jars of juice are always available at our grocery stores.
For whatever reason that wasn’t the case right now. So I resorted to ordering some online.
Of course it was cheaper to buy it in a multiple bottle pack and I’m not one to pass up a deal. I knew for certain we would use it.
One of my husband’s absolute favorite desserts is key lime pie. As you can tell by his birthday request, LD is following in his footsteps.
Plus we love key lime roasted shrimp. So I knew the extra would not go to waste.
Making Key Lime Sherbet
With the recent hot spell, a refreshing frozen treat was in order. So key lime sherbet seemed like an absolutely perfect way to finish the open bottle of key lime juice.
Just dump a quart of half and half in a mixing bowl. Then stir in the sugar until you can feel that it is mostly dissolved.
Add the key lime juice and stir to combine. Add it to your ice cream maker and wait for the magic to happen.
It really is just that easy! Plus the key lime flavor really comes forward.
It is sweet enough to be balanced, but not too sweet. The texture is creamy and delicious.
I think it might just be our new favorite way to cool off!
Have you ever made homemade sherbets? What are your favorite flavors of sherbet or sorbet?
Tips and Tricks
Be sure not to grab the fat free version of half and half. You meed some milkfat to get that creamy texture.
Try to get the sugar really incorporated into the half and half. It doesn’t take long, just a little stirring.
That way you will have the smoothest finish. That is part of what makes it so good.
Have your ice cream maker ready to go before you pour the lime juice into the dairy. The acid from the limes could cause the milk to curdle if it sits too long.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is lime sherbet made of?
Sherbet is made with fruit, sugar, and milk or cream. It is creamier than sorbet, which has no dairy. However it has less dairy and dairy fat than ice cream.
Can I make this sherbet with regular lime juice?
Yes. If you can’t find key lime juice, you can make lime sherbet with regular lime juice.
Favorite ice cream makers
MiMi has a couple kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer. She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.
I recently got a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.
Both work great and are relatively affordable. You just have to remember to get the bowl in the freezer in plenty of time to get it cold, but that is a whole lot better than making sure you have enough ice and salt on hand!
Great sherbet storage options
My mom loves the Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop containers that fit in the freezer well, stack easily and store nicely. She already has a couple and is getting ready to order more.
I got fun quart sized containers that are reusable and dishwasher safe that I like as well. No matter how it’s stored, the ice cream tends to disappear quickly around here!
If you love lime sherbet, you are going to love our layered lime sherbet bars as well!
3 Ingredient Key Lime Sherbet
- 4 cups half and half
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup key lime juice
- Stir together half and half and sugar until the sugar is mostly dissolved.4 cups half and half, 1½ cups granulated sugar
- Add the key lime juice and stir until combined.1 cup key lime juice
- Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the machine’s directions.
- Store in freezer until ready to serve.