Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup sorbet and 1/4 cup berries)

Limoncello, the citrusy Italian liqueur, brightens this sorbet. It's nice to have a bottle on hand to splash with soda in a spritzer or macerate with fruit for a quick dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add lemon juice and mint. Cover and chill.

Step 2

Strain juice mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Serve with blackberries; garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Chef's Notes

If you don't want to use the limoncello, you can substitute 1/2 cup of prepared lemonade.

Ratings & Reviews

May 07, 2015
Laura,Because the Limoncello goes through a brief boil, most of the alcohol is vaporized away.  As a non-drinker myself, I substitute when I need to though.  I looked at the ingredients for a typical Limoncello and calculated the quantities for this substitute;Zest of one lemon, finely grated with a microplane or grater, no white pithScant 1/2 cup water3 Tbsp sugarAdd these in place of the Limoncello  then proceeded with the recipe.  The grated zest will give up it's oil during the boil, and get strained out with the mint.  Hope this helps!

carolfitz's Review

May 26, 2009
Made for Memorial Day supper and served in chilled glasses. Intensely lemony & minty, pretty with the berries & a tiny sprig of mint. A nice, adults-only finish to a sunny day.

winegirl308's Review

May 26, 2009
Love this!! Will be making it for parties all summer. The lemon and mint combination is just perfect. I didn't have fresh berries, can't wait for them to come into season so I can try the sorbet with them.

GrandmaKY's Review

June 10, 2009
We made this for a five course gourmet dinner. We used it for an intermezzo instead of a dessert so we left out the blackberries and served it in small dessert cups with a mint leaf. All our guests raved. It certainly cleared their palate for the next course!!

joboe1's Review

April 21, 2009
This was very easy to make and REALLY good! Very refreshing on a really hot day. Definitely a keeper.

puma21478's Review

July 16, 2013
Sweet and refreshing!

Non-Alcoholic Substitute for the Limoncello?

March 25, 2015
This looks perfect for a dinner party I am hosting. I'm wondering, however, if you could recommend a great non-alcoholic substitute in place of the limoncello? Thanks.


May 19, 2017
Very refreshing end to a full meal on a warm night. Texture is creamy, like sherbet, but it's quite soft & melts quickly. Any berry would work, and while I made it exactly as written, I may put sliced strawberries alongside it next time we have some.