Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Helen Crowther
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 40 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This five-ingredient recipe is one of those refreshingly light desserts that can be so satisfying.

How to Make It

Combine berries and nectar in a blender; process until smooth (about 1 minute). Add buttermilk; process until well blended. Add liqueur; pulse to mix. Add juice, if desired. Chill mixture 1 hour. Pour into freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Ratings & Reviews

susanhammond58's Review

May 19, 2013
Can I substitute 1% milk for the buttermilk? I am interested in a sorbet recipe. Anyone know where I can find that? Thanks much,e Susan from Fair Oaks, CA

TinaCuc's Review

July 01, 2012
I want to thanks DaisyBunny for the helpful information. I could not find whole buttermilk but will try your recipe and give my review.

doggerham's Review

June 15, 2012

Cyradia's Review

May 16, 2012
Pros...really low fat and easy. Cons...not very creamy, so this is more like a sorbet (fruit ice), and even with the liquor it freezes very hard so you have to chip it out to serve after re-freezing. If you want a very low fat frozen dessert, this is a reasonable choice. However, I found the recipe on this site for lemon buttermilk ice cream (also low fat, but not this low) wonderful, and in most situations I'd do that one over this one for a fruity frozen dessert. I wouldn't serve this one for guests, but I would serve the lemon buttermilk.

TCUnurse's Review

May 14, 2012
Light and refreshing!!

FAF251's Review

April 29, 2012

erinlk's Review

April 27, 2012

DaisyBunny's Review

April 19, 2012
So yummy! Some tips: Whole buttermilk is hard to find. Buttermilk is so easy to make, so make your own. Take 3 parts whole milk, mix with 1 part buttermilk (any commercial brand with LIVE cultures - I used Friendship) Mix gently in a clean glass jar and loosen cover. Leave in a warm place for 12 hours and voila, buttermilk. It will look a little different than the store bought (thicker and not as smooth, but it is great). Follow the sherbet recipe. I didn't have raspberry liquor - I used 3 T rum and a Tablespoon of raspberry jam to heighten the berry flavor. The lemon juice made it a bit too tart so I had to add a Tablespoon of sugar to tone down the tartness. Also, for easy of measuring the berries,measure by displacement. Put the buttermilk in a 4 cup measure and then add whole strawberries (I used frozen organic) until the level rises by two cups. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend the whole thing with an immersion blender.

shelleyj's Review

April 13, 2012
agave nectar is in the sugar isle of most grocery's liquid....I will be making this recipe this summer....