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Summer Dreamin’ Orange Sherbet

Creamy Orange Sherbet, full of orange flavor because fresh orange zest and orange juice is used to make this dreamy treat.

Orange Sherbet/Ice Cream by FamilySpice.com

We’re almost halfway into April and that means the warm summer months aren’t too far behind. If you are thawing out of an icy winter, then you are totally looking forward to warmer weather. I’m a wimp to cold weather so I am always wanting the sun to shine. But, it’s only spring. And there is still a chill in the air. But that doesn’t stop my kids from wanting ice cream. It could be the dead of winter, my kids (and probably MOST kids!) want their ice cream.

Back in January I was able to visit an orange grove and I came home with hundreds of  Valencia oranges. My husband and I spent most of January with the juicer, and my house was bursting with the scent of Upside-Down Orange CakeWhole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia SeedsOrange MarmaladeOrange Barbecue Pulled Pork.

Juicing oranges for Orange Sherbet

And there was Orange Sherbet, too.

I had a big dilemma trying to figure out if this was an ice cream or sherbet.

A sorbet is all fruit, and no dairy.

A granita is a coarser version of sorbet.

A sherbet includes fruit and dairy.

And ice cream does not have to have fruit, but it does have a certain amount of fat.

This orange sherbet is made with orange zest, orange juice, heavy cream and a touch of orange blossom water. I churned it in my handy-dandy ice cream machine and finished it off with 4 hours in the freezer.

Orange Sherbet

Because it is made with orange juice, it’s not as smooth as an ice cream made of only cream. There’s a bit of ice in it. When I cut back on the orange juice and upped the heavy cream, my taste-testers said they preferred the orange flavor AND texture of the first version. And, this is the one I’m sharing with you.

Orange Sherbet


Laura Bashar

Is it sherbet or ice cream? Either way, this is creamier than a sorbet, but still full of orange flavor. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS orange zest, grated & finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp orange blossom water, optional


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together:
    • 2 cup orange juice , freshly squeezed
    • 2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 TBS orange zest , grated & finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp orange blossom water , optional
  2. Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and run until ice cream is smooth and semi-frozen, the consistency with soft-serve ice cream.
  4. Transfer sherbet mixture into a container, cover and freeze for 4 hours.


Serving Suggestions: Serve alone or top with orange slices and fresh fruit.

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Yield: Serves 8

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Orange Sherbet Detail

You scream!

I scream!

We all scream for ice cream!

(no matter what the temperature is like outside!)