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Lime sherbet marries a frozen margarita recipe to make a delicious, cool dessert! Make this easy sherbet recipe to enjoy this summer!
What would summer be without delicious frozen desserts to keep us cool during the hottest days of the year?
ADULT & KID FRIENDLY FROZEN DESSERTS
I like to have an assortment of kid-friendly favorites on hand, like Dr. Pepper Float popsicles, Banana Split Ice Cream Pie Jars, and of course good old fashioned popsicle rockets (bomb pops) for the 4th of July.
But the adults deserve something special, too – in other words, boozy!
Some of our most popular boozy recipes for summer are Boozy Horchata Slushies, Camping Margaritas, and Peachtini Cocktails.
But until now, we didn’t have any ice cream or sherbet recipes with booze in them.
So, using a frozen margarita recipe for inspiration, I created this boozy lime sherbet recipe!
Frozen margarita recipe ingredients
Adding a bit of milk to the ingredients for a frozen margarita recipe is all you need in order to create this lime sherbet recipe!
- fresh limes – The type of limes you use doesn’t really matter, as long as you can get fresh juice from them.
- sugar – Granulated white sugar is going to give you the best results. You can try using a cup for cup sugar substitute like monkfruit or Erythritol, but they may not freeze well. You will need to experiment.
- tequila – You will only use 1/4 cup of tequila to make the sherbet, but without it, you won’t have the classic frozen margarita flavor. If you decide to leave out the tequila, replace it with an equal amount of milk.
- milk or non-dairy milk of choice – almond, rice, 2%, etc.
- salt – You will want to use fine grain salt to make the lime sherbet and coarse kosher salt to rim the serving glasses.
- optional garnishes – additional limes, coarse kosher salt, coarse sugar for garnish
DO I NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE TO MAKE SHERBET?
I own a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, and honestly, I have not tried making this sherbet recipe without an ice cream maker.
That being said, I am pretty sure that it can be done. There are plenty of no churn ice cream recipes, so it’s possible that no churn lime sherbet is a thing, too.
So, if you decide to try making this recipe without an ice cream maker, please let me know how it turns out for you!
If you have a different type of ice cream machine, just adjust the recipe to fit your particular machine.
How to make sherbet
The complete recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here are the basic steps involved.
REMINDER: Don’t forget to place your ice cream machine’s container in the freezer for at least 4 hours before churning. Also, allow enough time to let it set up in the freezer after it’s churned.
1 – MAKE THE MARGARITA LIME SHERBET BASE
For the best results when churning, it’s important that the churning bowl, mixing paddle, and the sherbet base all be as cold as possible.
So, if possible, make the mixture the night before you plan to churn the lime sherbet and refrigerate it overnight.
Because it needs at least 4 hours to freeze, it’s also a good idea to place the bowl in the freezer the night before.
Assemble your ice cream machine and pour the base into the frozen bowl. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After about 20 minutes the sherbet will have the consistency of soft serve ice cream. At this point, you can stop the machine.
3. FREEZE UNTIL SET
Transfer the frozen margarita lime sherbet to the container you plan to store it in. I like to use a metal loaf pan. Not only does the metal help to keep the sherbet cold, but the shape also makes for easy scooping.
Tools needed to make the lime sherbet recipe
This recipe will yield 1 quart of lime sherbet.
- 1 tbsp lime zest (2 limes)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup hot water (just use the hottest water from your tap)
- 1/2 cup lime juice (4 limes)
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1 3/4 cup milk of choice (soy, almond, rice, 2%, etc)
- dash of salt
- additional limes, coarse kosher salt, coarse sugar for garnish (opt)
- **Plan ahead! You will need about 4 hours to freeze the bowl and 4 hours for sherbet to set up in the freezer.**
- Place ice cream maker bowl in freezer to freeze for several hours.
- In a large bowl with a pour spout, add zest, sugar, and lime juice. Add hot water and stir well to dissolve sugar. Add tequila, milk, dash of salt and stir well.
- Assemble ice cream maker, turn on, and pour in liquid. Let mix for about 20 minutes or until it resembles soft ice cream. Pour into freezer safe dish and freeze for several hours or overnight.
**Plan ahead! You will need about 4 hours to freeze the bowl and 4 hours for sherbet to set up in the freezer.**
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 4g
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