Orange Sorbet… because summer's not over yet


Now I’m on a total sorbet kick.  I adapted this recipe from my mother’s 30 year old Waring ice cream maker recipe book.  This book is from back in the day when sorbet was fruit ice. This is a large recipe.  It made enough to fill my borrowed Cuisinart twice.

By using a combination of fresh squeezed orange and lemon juices along with the Odwalla, I achieved a very vibrant flavor.  I’d love to hear any suggestions for how to make it more scoopable without adding alcohol.  I’m fine adding a shot of vodka most of the time, but with the crowd I made this batch for I can’t do that, so I settled for an icier consistency.

Orange Fruit Ice, a sorbet

You will need:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated orange zest (1-2 oranges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (juice from the oranges you zested)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (4-5 lemons)
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice (store bought or more fresh squeezed)
  • 2 tbsp. vodka

Put it together:

  • Put water in a small saucepan
  • Add sugar
  • Turn on heat to medium to med-high and bring just to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Do not stir.  The result is called simple syrup.
  • Cool in an ice water bath
  • Once simple syrup is cool, pour into a mixing bowl and add all other ingredients
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker, following the manufacturers instructions for making
  • Freeze for 2 hours


  • Simple syrup can be kept in the refrigerator a couple of weeks (the higher sugar to water ratio, the longer it keeps).
  • Use alcohol to raise the freezing temperature and give the sorbet a slushier texture.  2 tablespoons vodka will make it scoopable, more will make a slush drink.


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