Recipe By Chef John
Published Aug 27th
Prep 20m Cook 5m Additional 10h Ready In 10h 25m
Servings 1 quart Calories 272.7

There are sorbets, and then there are sorbets with benefits. This sorbet, inspired by the classic cocktail, is one of those. Besides being delicious, refreshing, and easy to make, this gives you a low-key buzz, as there’s just enough tequila to make you grin, but not enough to make you giggle.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 medium limes, zested
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec
  • ⅓ cup tequila
  • coarse-grain sea salt for rim of glass
  • lime wedges for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Pour sugar into a saucepan, add lime zest, and shake to combine. Let sit for at least 1 hour.
  2. 2 Add water to the pan and place over medium-high heat. Stir over the heat until the mixture is clear and very hot, but not quite simmering yet. Remove from heat and strain the lime syrup into a container. Let cool all the way to room temperature.
  3. 3 Stir in freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. Refrigerate mixture until ice cold before transferring into your ice cream machine.
  4. 4 Churn sorbet according to machine directions, and then transfer into an airtight container. Freeze thoroughly before serving. Overnight is best.
  5. 5 Serve in a salt-rimmed glass, with a small wedge of lime if desired. More tequila can be drizzled over the top, depending on your mood.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 272.7
  • Carbohydrate 62.2 g
  • Fat 0.2 g
  • Fiber 2.1 g
  • Protein 0.7 g
  • Sodium 8.1 mg
  • Sugar 52.1 g

Chef's Notes

If you don't want this alcoholic, you can boil tequila and Triple Sec for 1 minute in a pan to cook off the alcohol (be careful, as it can flame up), and then cool and add to the mixture. But the lack of alcohol will affect the texture, and the sorbet may have an icier, less soft, and smooth texture; You can add a pinch of salt to the sorbet mixture if you like.


  1. My wife's favourite drinks are margaritas, and having a new twist on them is great. She's been wanting citrus sorbet in the heatwave anyway, so this could not have come up at a better. It's a bit rough without an icecream maker of course, but I only have so much room in the kitchen for - Read more ...

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