Meyer Lemon Sorbet

Meyer Lemon Sorbet - a refreshing treat full of intense lemon flavor!

We all need a little sunshine to brighten up a dark and cold winter day. Today, I am here to bring you sunshine in the form of Meyer Lemon sorbet. Lemons remind us of summer because they are bright, juicy and refreshing.Β One bite into this sorbet and you will taste summer and feel the warm sunshine.

Meyer lemons are perfect for dessert because they are much sweeter than a standard lemon. The lemons from our tree are always huge. Many are the size of a medium orange and contain 2-3 times the amount of juice as a standard store bought lemon. You can often reduce the sugar content in dishes to account for the sweeter flavor of the Meyer lemon. If you can’t find Meyer lemons, you can certainly use standard lemons and increase the sugar.

The intense flavor of this sorbet is incredible. It is tart but slightly sweet. A small scoop is all you need to feel refreshed. Hosting a dinner party? Serve the sorbet in a cleaned out lemon rind to cleanse your palate. Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Sorbet - a refreshing treat full of intense lemon flavor! Meyer Lemon Sorbet - a refreshing treat full of intense lemon flavor! Meyer Lemon Sorbet - a refreshing treat full of intense lemon flavor! Meyer Lemon Sorbet - a refreshing treat full of intense lemon flavor!

Yields about 3 cups

Meyer Lemon Sorbet
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  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest from one organic lemon
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice*


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup water and sugar. Add the lemon zest and heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the remaining 2 cups water. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
  2. Stir the lemon juice into the sugar syrup and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


*You can use conventional lemons in place of Meyer lemons, but I highly recommend the use of Meyer lemons. If using conventional lemons, add an additional 1/4 cup sugar.


Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz


  1. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh this is so pretty!! I love anything with Meyer lemons and we sure do need some sunshine and warmth up here. Just perfect. I love your pictures too dear. Stunning!!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Zainab! I hope you are staying warm πŸ™‚

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I am super jealous. I have a small lemon tree and I’ve got three lemons from it after over a year. Now, there are NO lemons at all and I’m pretty sure there are no buds on it for any future lemons either. Winter seems to NOT be doing well for my lemon tree. But I will definitely head out and buy some meyer lemons to make this. It looks great and I love the presentation!

    • Ashley

      This is our fourth year with the lemon tree and the first year that we’ve had this many. I think it just took a few years to establish itself but now it is flourishing.

  3. marcie

    What’s better than citrus to brighten up your day? I love citrus desserts, and I just got an ice cream maker that I have big plans for. Your photos are just beautiful, Ashley!

    • Ashley

      You will love your ice cream maker! There is nothing like homemade ice cream and sorbet.

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Those colors are absolutely gorgeous! They made me smile on this cold, rainy, dreary morning. Nothing like lemons to brighten up your day!

    • Ashley

      I’m glad it made you smile, Christin! It is rainy and dreary here today too.

  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Mmmm, I need this sorbet to brighten my day today and every day until the spring, basically. Off to work on a mega-batch! πŸ™‚

  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These are so cute Ashley! I love that you served them in little lemon cups. You’re so crafty. Great use of all those lemons you have from your lemon tree. I love lemon desserts, but I’ve never tried my hand at lemon sorbet. Pinning and can’t wait to try!

  7. marquis @realrawkitchen

    What a great idea! It’s so simple but I love it .. what a treat and yet it’s no work at all, really! Cute pictures, too πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Marquis! It is such a simple treat with intense lemon flavor!

  8. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    I love anything with meyer lemons, but I’m especially into this sorbet! Love the lemon cups…so cute!

  9. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    First of all, the photos for this post are amazing!!! Love them!! So bright and cheery!! And serving in the lemon rinds – SO stinkin’ cute!!!
    I don’t think we have Meyer Lemons around here. And we do, they are hiding. I’ve seen other recipes that called for them, but we’ve just got regular lemons at the store! Want to send me some from your tree? πŸ˜‰
    I totally need to make this – we had temps around -45F with the windchill this week. Chilly is an understatement! We really need to be reminded that summer WILL eventually come back!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Gretchen! It sounds like you could really use a taste of summer. I can’t even imagine those temps. You can use regular lemons and increase the amount of sugar as suggested in the recipe. I would love to send you some of mine πŸ™‚

  10. Ashley

    I was waiting to see what else you were going to do with all those lemons! haha I actually have never made sorbet at home! I need to give it a try – this lemon version sounds delicious! I could use a little sunshine today – it’s been raining nonstop!

    • Ashley

      Oh, I have plenty more recipes to share πŸ™‚

  11. Kelly

    Looking at these pretty and bright pictures have definitely brigthtened up my day:) This sorbet looks soo good and I can only imagine how refreshing it tastes. I love all of your meyer lemon recipes and can’t wait to see what else you make. Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m glad that I brightened up your day!

  12. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    These are too cute, Ashley! I love that you put the sorbet into the lemons! Great idea. Pinned to one of my group boards. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely weekend, Ashley!

  13. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    This post is seriously making me smile right now – it is SO gray and rainy in NYC today, but your sorbet is so sunny and pretty! I love how you put it in the lemon rinds – such a cute idea! My husband would love this – he is a lemon freak!

  14. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant

    Meyer lemons are the best! I could eat them plain. Your sorbet looks delicious, and I love the presentation!

  15. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    These are absolutely adorable!! I love that you used the lemons themselves from which to serve the sorbet!! Also super jealous that you have lemon tree!!!!

  16. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Just seeing your pictures of these lemons, really brightens up the winter! Love lemons… and sorbet!

  17. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    Yum! Looks so refreshing! I def need some sunshine in my life. Last week’s weather was dreadful but this week is supposed to be glorious! can’t wait ;). Thank you for brightening up my day with this recipe, Ashley!

  18. Amy@Little Dairy on the Prairie

    I wish I had a lemon tree in my back yard! Lemon anything makes me feel like I can make it until the summer and this would be perfect for chasing away those winter time blues!

  19. Jodee Weiland

    Love this! I love lemons just about any way you think to use them. This recipe looks great and will look even better come summer! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  20. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    I feel so sheltered in Minnesota. I’ve never had a Meyer lemon! I need to seek this babies out they sound wonderful and so does this sorbet!

  21. ATasteOfMadness

    Ooh, I made this before, and it truly is delicious. I love how you put them in the lemons, SO cute πŸ™‚

  22. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    THIS. I so wish I had an ice cream maker. Didn’t know this was so easy to make! How clever to serve it in the lemon too <3.

  23. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    This Sorbet is so refreshing! I have to take my ice-cream make out and make some of this because now I’m craving it!!

  24. Chocolate Shavings

    This is definitely the perfect ray of sunshine during the cold winter days — yum!

  25. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

    I have tried so many of the David Lebovitz ice cream recipes, but I haven’t got around to this one yet. I think I need to move it to the top of my list though. My husband and I are huge ice cream fans (we have at least one container of homemade ice cream in the freezer at all times). I love the flavor of meyer lemons….I can’t wait to give this a try! πŸ™‚

  26. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

    Your presentation is gorgeous. My neighbor keeps me in fresh lemons. They are not Meyer, but they are organic and so delish. This looks like a good way to use them.

  27. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I knew this was going to be good when I saw it on Instagram. Major yum! I’ve been craving lemon lately so this would hit the perfect spot!

  28. Joanne

    Totally making this with the next bag of meyers that I buy! They are my favorite.

  29. ela@GrayApron

    I’ve always wanted to do something like that! Gorgeous lemons! πŸ™‚ ela

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  31. Carrie This Home

    This looks like an awesome dessert! By the way–I love the polkadot napkins you used for the photos–I’ll have to look into using pretty napkins for my food photos! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Carrie! I love fun napkins!

  32. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    This looks so amazingly refreshing….what a nice pop of color and sunshine in the middle of winter! Featuring you tonight at Saturday Night Fever…thanks for linking up!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for the feature, Cathy!

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Mabel! An ice cream make is definitely worth the investment.

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