Limoncello Sorbet

Limoncello Sorbet is light and lemony and simply lovely! It’s perfect when you crave a refreshing, cold libation.

Limoncello Sorbet Served in a short glass with mint and lemon and a spoon.

When I first published this post about frozen Limoncello Sorbet it was in conjunction with a holiday event called the Feast of the Seven Fishes; a part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration.

Even then it was a stretch culturally because while I love Italian food; I’m more like a Heinz 57 pup; mostly German but with some English and Irish thrown into the mix.

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Sure in my heart I’m Italian and it’s the cuisine that really got me excited about cooking even if what I thought was wonderful Italian food was a bit less than the real deal as I’ve come to learn over the years.

Still; it’s food that I love and I just know that the first time I step foot on Italian soil that I will never want to return. The land, the wine, the outgoing people…we would all work out very well together, I just know it.

That I love Limoncello with a passion too? Well here’s proof in this light and lovely Limoncello Sorbet which we served as the palate cleanser for our feast.

So while I can find a way to make my appropriation of a very Italian holiday work for a blog post, the truth is I always sort of hated that this amazing little treat, so perfect for summer, was buried deep in a winter post. SO wrong!

Frozen Limoncello Sorbet Served in Short Glasses with Mint and Lemon Slice Garnish

Today was the day to rectify that wrong. I’m working on updating a lot of older posts and even some newer ones; in this case it was the latter as I was working on creating new images for Pinterest.

But I also was dying to have some of this fabulous Limoncello Sorbet…and it hit me that you might love it too and certainly be more inclined to make it mid summer than mid winter!

Limoncello Sorbet Closeup of sorbet in glass with garnishes.

I fell head over heals in love with Limoncello on a trip to Boston almost 15 years ago and the love has never waned.

I’ve even made my own the past couple of years…and recommend you try that too; it’s fun to make liquers!

Sadly I am out of my homemade version but I love Villa Massa so I’ve got a bottle in the freezer and tomorrow, after another weekend of yard work, it will be my reward.

Limoncello Sorbet is so light and refreshing with fresh lemon juice and grated rind mixed with sugar and water. Simple right? And so good.

One of my neighbors stopped by the other night with his 2 year old in his arms to give me some mail that had mistakenly been put into their mailbox so of course I asked if he would like to take some home.

While we chatted his little girl wanted a taste and she went nuts, ‘More DaDa, more!’ It took me a minute…oops, WAIT!! There is liqueur in there! He laughed and said no worries…his hope was that she would sleep well that night. 🙂

While summer is the time for all things ice cream and some will be the goopiest most over the top creations EVER (yes, I do that too!), you should make time for both this and my lime sherbet.

Limoncello Sorbets are so perfect after a big meal on the grill while sitting outside on the patio relaxing with family or friends. Close your eyes and you might be transported to Italy too…Salute!

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Frozen Limoncello Sorbet Served in Short Glasses with Mint and Lemon Slice Garnishes
Frozen Limoncello Sorbet Served in a Small Glass with a White Handled Spoon

Limoncello Frozen Sorbet

Not just a sorbet to cleanse your palate, this limoncello sorbet is the perfect light after dinner dessert.
4.37 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Cocktails, Dessert, Liqueurs
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 202 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Zest of 2 Lemons Finely grated
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup limoncello


  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved and a syrup has formed, about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the syrup into a bowl and stir in the lemon zest and juice, salt and Limoncello. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  • Pour the cold lemon mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Cover tightly and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.


This took longer than ice cream to freeze up due to the amount of alcohol in the mix. Be patient, it will get there!


Nutrition Facts
Limoncello Frozen Sorbet
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cocktail, dessert, lemon, limoncello, sorbet
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  1. Mine never turned to Sorbet. I left it going in my kitchensid icecream maker for 4 hours 🙁 I have no idea what could have gone wrong.

    1. I’ve made it numerous times with success Cheryl so I wish I could pinpoint what it could be; especially since there are so few ingredients. The ONLY thing I can imagine is that your Limoncello was higher proof than mine? Because it has alcohol which prohibits freezing that might have been the cause? If you still have it; add a bit more of the other ingredients and see if that will let it set up. Good luck!

    2. 5 stars
      Same! Checked my lemoncella and its 27%.. ..3% lower than the massa in recipe? It never got solid but froze to a soft serve so I gutted a few lemons and put sorbet in them (single serving) which worked perfectly

  2. I made limoncello for my book club this year–and now I wish I had saved some for me! What a fantastic sorbet. Growning up, my parents went out to dinner on Friday nights and left us home with fish sticks. I have a feeling their meatless meal was a bit more upscale 🙂

    1. Well at least my parents suffered with us; and suffer it was although I do love the fish sandwich at McDonald’s…go figure huh? Yes, next time be sure to make some sorbet too Liz; it’s wonderful!

    1. Happy Holidays to you too! Let’s meet in the middle and have one; I’m sure we could find plenty to dish about. 🙂

    1. Doesn’t it…I’ve found a new favorite light ending (doubt I’ll have too many real meals that require a palate cleanser!). 🙂

  3. I’ve never been able to eat fish. I started tossing it all back up as a child and as every good Catholic family, there was always fish on Friday. I was thrilled when my mother was ‘given permission’ to give me something else to eat on Fridays.

  4. Maybe you were Italian in another life, Barb? 😀 I know if you go to Italy, you most likely would find a way to stay! It is hard to leave every time I go there. So Limoncello is my favorite. It reminds me of the end of so many fun summer dinner in Italy.Limoncello sorbet is a perfect addition to our 7 Fishes Feast! Thank you for being a part of the party (family). Buon Natale! xx

    1. I’ve always said one of those Scandinavian relatives made a quick trip to Italy and well, infused the family with some secret Italian blood. 🙂 Loved participating…thanks!

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