Sorbetto al limone

Lemon sorbet   Authentic Italian recipe

Lemon sorbet. I show you the traditional recipe of lemon sorbet as we Italians are used to do. It is a delicious dessert you can serve after a fish-only dinner or lunch. It can be refreshing to eat a sorbet during a summer afternoon as a snack too. Lemon sorbet can be also served after a fish dish, waiting for the following meat dish in a typical full menu, Italian style.

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Lemon sorbet

Ingredients / Serves 6

  • 200g (7 ounces) sugar
  • 3 lemons
  • 500ml (1 pint - 2 cups) water
  • A liqueur glass of grappa (Italian liqueur)
  • Time:
    preparation: 10 minutes
    plus cooling time
    cooking: 10 minutes
    total: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 152 (kcal) 8 % GDA (*)- 637 (kJ)
    Protein: 0.1 (g) 1 % GDA
    Total fat: 0.0 (g)
    Total carbohydrate: 33.5 (g) 13 % GDA
    Sugars: 33.5 (g) 38 % GDA

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Lemon sorbet recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Make a syrup with water, sugar and a lemon zest, cut into thin strips.
  • - Let it get cool.
  • - Then add 3 lemon juice and grappa. Stir very well.
  • - Transfer it into an ice-cream freezer, 20 minutes.

Just before serving

  • - Serve at once or preserve in the freezer.



  • - You can serve this sorbet at the end of a lunch or a dinner: use a small cup for every guest.
  • - On the contrary use a champagne glass if served between fish and meat dish.