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Raspberry Lime Sorbet

Raspberry Lime SorbetAs we face into summer, there is nothing quite like the fresh taste of a sorbet to cool the head and enliven the palate. Raspberry and lime is one of my favourites and it’s actually quite simple to prepare…

It’s great either as a dessert or a sorbet course. If it’s for a sorbet course, you might want to add another lime to make it more tart. The chocolate sauce recipe I gave here would be a great addition if it’s a dessert.

Murphys Raspberry Lime Sorbet

1 Cup (237 ml) Sugar
1 Cup (237 ml) Water
225 gm (8 oz) Fresh, Ripe Raspberries
4 limes

Yield: 6 Servings 

What to do: 

1. You will need the zest as well as the juice from the limes, so bring out your grater and work those peels (it’s much easier before you cut the limes!). If you have a zester, this step will be very easy…

2. Put the sugar and lime zest in a heat-proof or pan. 

3. Boil water in a tea boiler and measure out one cup.

4. Pour it over the sugar and zest, stir until the sugar has dissolved, and let it sit for about half an hour.

5. Strain out the lime zest and discard, and put the sugar syrup in a pan.

Raspberry Lime Sorbet 26. Add the raspberries and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.

7. Stir it vigorously to break up the raspberries, then place into the refrigerator until cool.

8. When it’s fully cool, add the juice of the limes. If you don’t have a juicer, put a sieve over the bowl to catch the pips, and squeeze away.

9. Freeze using a domestic ice cream maker, or cover and place in the freezer.

10. If you use the latter method, wait until the sorbet is about halfway frozen, mix it vigorously, then return to the freezer.


1. It’s hard to make sorbet without an ice cream machine. You will need to interrupt the freezing process and stir, or you will be left with a block of red ice! The more times you do this, the better the consistency will be.

2. For more information, I wrote about working with fruit in ice cream here.

3. This sorbet is suitable for coeliacs, the lactose-intolerant, and is virtually fat-free. For more on special diets, click here.

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5 Responses to “Raspberry Lime Sorbet”

  1. May 10th, 2006 at 2:32 am

    Ivonne says:


    I can’t wait to try this recipe this summer. The colour is gorgeous!

  2. August 27th, 2006 at 3:43 am

    Peter Esak says:

    Killer…killer…killer……New Englander……. tried this one and could not believe made 1 1/2 quarts……….lil batch but wish I had someone to share it with…..peter

  3. May 20th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Orla says:


    Any suggestion of what alcohol & quantity would work in this sorbet?


  4. May 21st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Kieran says:

    I think vodka would work – 100ml.

  5. June 20th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Venetia says:

    I also tried it with Kirsch (Cherry brandy) and it came out fantastic! About 100ml as well.

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