As I sit here writing this morning my head is swirling as I look back on this last week and the weekend ahead.  It’s been a good week, very good in fact, but this spring weather has me pleasantly out of sorts.  I’ve needed to write a ‘to-do’ list each day just to stay on track.  A few days of warm spring rain, turned into sunshine and our world is now awash in color. The trees pale green and the brightness of blooming daffodils are pleasantly distracting.  I find myself wanting to abandon all that needs to be done and just sit on my front steps, feeling the warm sunshine kiss my cheeks.

meyer lemon sorbet

The boys have been outside too, much to their hearts content.  After games of ’21’ and shooting countless hoops they come inside, cheeks pink from exertion, eyes twinkling, asking for popsicles and ice water to cool them off.  Although it feels early to be making such things (I keep asking myself, is this really March, in Nebraska), we’ve indulged anyway.

meyer lemon sorber

Since it’s Meyer lemon season I couldn’t resist the idea of enjoying their sweet, fragrant flavor in a sorbet.  It is light and sweet and I love the yellow-orange flecks of color added from the zest.

Meyer lemon sorbet

Meyer Lemon Sorbet


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 cup Meyer lemon (or regular lemon juice)


  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and the water to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in the 1 tablespoon lemon zest and the lemon juice. Pour lemon mixture into the bowl of a 1-quart ice cream maker. Freeze according to ice cream maker's instructions (approximately 25-30 minutes). Transfer to a container; ripen in freezer for 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

from bhg

14 Responses to Meyer Lemon Sorbet

  1. Beautiful! Meyer lemons are so amazingly vibrant – I love their color and your pictures show it off :) Sorbet sounds delicious right now!

  2. Alison says:

    Heidi–I love their color too. Amazingly vibrant!

  3. Lovely photos! I’m going to make this RIGHT NOW! I think my almost-three-year-old triplets will really enjoy it…and I know I will:)

  4. Val says:

    Is there a way to make it without an ice cream maker? Looks so delicious but I don’t have one :(

  5. Sonya Noga says:

    If you do not have an ice cream maker, you may freeze it in a tall canister. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove and stir with a whisk. Return to the freezer and stir about once every hour for about 4 hours. The more times you stir, the more air will be incorporated, resulting in a lighter finished product.

  6. Dewi says:

    I have to triy this! I have the lemon Meyer tree and they are loaded with lemons. They are not ready yet but I can make a lot of this when they are ready to be picked!

  7. katelyn says:

    can you make this with sweet and low insted of sugar?

    • Alison says:

      Katelyn, I can’t say for sure, as I haven’t used sweet & low. If it’s a 1:1 ratio for replacing granulated sugar it *might* work.

    • Carrie says:

      I would try splitting amount of sugar with stevia since both are natural sweeteners. I’m looking forward to making this!!

  8. Mindy says:

    Just popped in for the first time on a google search for Meyer Lemon sorbet, and may I just say your blog and pictures are beautiful. Such peace and serenity. Can’t wait to check out more posts and try this recipe!

  9. Ally says:

    How much does this make? 1 quart?

  10. Jenny says:

    Do you have to use an ice cream maker? How could I make this without one?

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