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How to Make the Best Homemade Orange Sherbet

This Homemade Orange Sherbet recipe is a simple homemade ice cream recipe made with only four ingredients. It’s light, sweet and tastes just like you remember.  Even better? You can make this orange sherbet with or without an ice cream maker!

How to make orange sherbet

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Delicious Homemade Orange Sherbet

My lil’ missy is a huge Orange Sherbet fan. Whenever we hit up the local Baskin Robbins, if Rainbow Sherbet isn’t available, orange sherbet it is. (What’s funny is, I was the exact same way as a child.) To her, this was the recipe of the week. Literally, the moment that it was made, she was standing next to me with a cone in her hand. 

And yes, this homemade orange sherbet recipe really does taste like the sherbet that you get at the ice cream store. 

homemade orange sherbet in a sugar cone


Does Orange Sherbet Have Dairy?

Yes, this recipe does contain dairy. The difference between sherbet and sorbet is mainly the amount of dairy they contain. Sorbet, (like my mango sorbet recipe or cherry lime sorbet) has no dairy at all and sherbet, like ice cream, has dairy.

Ingredients in Orange Sherbet

Want to make this recipe, be sure to add these ingredients to your shopping list.

  • Sugar
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Whole milk
  • Orange juice
  • optional: food coloring  (This is my favorite gel-based food coloring.  If you are not already using these I highly recommend them.)

My ice cream maker. (It’s awesome!)

homemade orange sherbet recipe

How to Make Orange Sherbet in an Ice Cream Maker:

Making this homemade sherbet is so easy! In just a few short steps, you’ll be chowing down.

All you have to do is mix the sugar and gelatin together and then add the orange juice and heat until sugar and gelatin is dissolved.  Chill the mixture and process in the ice cream maker.  That’s it!

orange sherbet recipe

How to Make Orange Sherbet Without an Ice Cream Maker

Don’t have an ice cream maker for this recipe? No problem! It can be made without one as well! 

  1. Mix sugar and gelatin together in a saucepan.
  2. Add in the orange juice and cook over medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Remove pan from heat and mix in milk. 
  4. Add sherbet to a baking dish, cover and freeze until almost firm. *I can’t predict how long it will take your sherbert to freeze as it depends on how warm the sherbert mixture was and how low your freezer is set. (and yes, I did have a prediction time here, but someone bitched, so I took it out.)  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  5. Stir sherbet to break up chunks and place into a chilled bowl. 
  6. Beat with a mixer till smooth, but not melted. 
  7. Return to the baking dish, cover and place back into the freezer till completely frozen.

homemade orange sherbet

Sherbet Variations:

If you like the idea of orange sherbet, but want to change it up a bit, go for it. Here are a few variations that you can do with ease. 

Pineapple: Sub unsweetened pineapple juice for the orange

Lime: use 1 cup sugar, the same amount of gelatin, 1 cup water, 2/3 cup lime juice plus 2 cups whole milk

Peach: If you like this orange sherbet recipe, make certain to check out this 2 ingredient Peach Sherbet recipe as well!

One other little tip I did to really make it stand out? I added a few drops of orange food coloring to make certain that there was no question about the flavor and the color!

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easy orange Sherbet

Orange Sherbet

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Yield: 1 3/4 quart 1x
  • Category: desserts


  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 13/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 3/4 cup orange juice
  • optional: orange food coloring


  1. Mix sugar and gelatin in a saucepan.
  2. Add orange juice and cook over medium heat until sugar and gelatin is dissolved
  3. Remove pan from heat and mix in milk.
  4. Cover and chill in fridge for an hour or two.
  5. Process in ice cream maker until done.
  6. Serve immediately as soft serve or transfer to a container and freeze for a a few hours until firm.

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