Summer Cherry Sorbet

June 20, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: The long hot summer is here and I've been making sorbet with my children almost every day of the week. This luscious sorbet sings of cherries ripened in the summer sun. Lime is a natural partner with cherry as long as it doesn't steal the show; the trick is finding the right balance to allow the cherry flavor to shine. I think this sorbet does just that. NOTE: I've been experimenting with agave and am not sure if it is necessary to boil the water/agave mixture to make a syrup. I've come across some recipes that simply mix the agave in. However, when I made this recipe I boiled the syrup and so that's how I have it written. This sorbet is also best within a day or two of making it; it gets a little hard once it sits in the freezer for an extended period of time. TIP: If you are making a lot of sorbets like I have been, making the simple syrup the night before is a time saver. Doing it ahead of time ensures that my syrup is extra cold and ready for the next concoction. - gingerroot gingerroot

Food52 Review: Very simple, good and refreshing, thanks to the lime. My kids lapped it up. - AmandaThe Editors

Makes: about 1 quart


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup
    1 Tablespoon light agave

  • 3 cups ripe but firm cherries, pitted, halved (about 50)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
In This Recipe


  1. Make a simple syrup by bringing water and agave to a boil. Boil for two minutes, until thoroughly combined. Take off heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled.
  2. Combine cherries, lime juice and chilled simple syrup in a blender. Puree until mostly liquefied, allowing some cherry bits to remain (cherry bits add color and texture to sorbet).
  3. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions. After 40 minutes in my machine, the sorbet was soft but smooth. Freeze longer for a firmer sorbet.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

Tony M. July 29, 2013
Made this yesterday. The flavor is good, although it would help to cut back on the lime juice a bit. But it turned out as a really good cherry slushy ice, not sorbet.
Author Comment
gingerroot July 30, 2013
Thanks for letting me know! Feel free to adjust the lime to suit your taste.
slulibby July 1, 2010
this color is such a summer "pop"
TheWimpyVegetarian June 22, 2010
I too have been experimenting with sugar substitutes: honey and agave. This cherry sorbet sounds like a perfect summer sorbet!
Author Comment
gingerroot June 22, 2010
Thanks!! It is definitely best within a day or two of making it - it gets a little hard once it sits in the freezer.
TheWimpyVegetarian June 23, 2010
Good to know. Do you think that's because of the agave?
Author Comment
gingerroot June 23, 2010
I'm still experimenting so I'm not quite sure...From what I've read, more sugar makes frozen concoctions softer...also the addition of a little alcohol can help the texture.