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Lemon, Lime Chilli Sorbet Recipe

ZING – Lemon Lime Sorbet with a tiny stab of chilli

New season lemons

New season lemons on my tree


A little over a month ago I returned to work part time. One of my work colleagues and I were chatting about food and she told me about the numerous ice cream flavors she had been concocting.  She also mentioned that she had recently had a Lemon Chilli Sorbet – zing my attention hasn’t moved from that conversation until now – now that I have made some, tasted it and loved it!! Since the theme for this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop was announced as Lemon and my tree has started to produce I knew immediately what I would make this month. This months edition is hosted by Delicieux.

Ingredients for the sorbet are home grown.  I used home grown chilli, our first lemons for the season and some limes from my mums tree.  I used Coconut (Palm) Sugar. I am slightly addicted to it after discovering it at Blue Chillies restaurant in Fitzroy. They had a big container of it on the bar. Coconut sugar is a deeper color than regular palm sugar. It is commonly used in sweet dishes and has a deep caramel flavor.

ZING is the best way to describe the flavor of this sorbet, it delivers a wild burst of it. It is moreish, refreshing and cool with a tiny stab of chilli to cut through the intensity of the citrus flavor.

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Freezing Time: 8 hours +

This is what I made:

Lemon, Lime Chilli Sorbet Recipe


Lemon Lime Chilli Sorbet Recipe

Lemon Lime Chilli Sorbet



  • 140 grams Coconut (Palm) Sugar
  • 210 grams Castor Sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 limes, juiced (1/4 cup) plus the zest finely chopped
  • 5 lemons juiced (1 cup)  plus the zest of 2 finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemon Schnapps (or Vodka)


Lemon Lime Chilli Sorbet Ingredients




  1. Add the Coconut Sugar, Castor Sugar and water to a saucepan. Heat slowly over low-medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from the heat before it boils
  3. Once cooled add the remaining ingredients
  4. Pour into a plastic container and put into the freezer
  5. Remove 3 x every few hours and mix well with a hand held beater
Dissolve the sugar

Dissolve the Sugar over low heat

Combine lemon lime chilli sorbet ingredients

Combine Ingredients


Hints and Tips:

Next time I make this I would chop the zest much finer. I left them quite large.


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{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 16, 2012, 10:04 am

    I would have never thought to pair chilies with lemon but what a great idea. Wish I had a bowl of this right now!

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:32 pm

      Give it a whirl Laura it is a flavor burst 🙂

  • Anna@ The Littlest Anchovy April 16, 2012, 11:06 am

    What a fabulous flavour combination! Love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I am glad to have found your blog too! 🙂

  • Carol Anne April 16, 2012, 11:45 am

    I love lemon and chili together. I had lime and chili sorbet in Bali and have wanted to recreate it since.

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:30 pm

      That sounds delicious Carol Anne. It is easy to make.

  • tania@mykitchenstories April 16, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Yes you also have my attention. Kind of like a beautiful caprioska with chilli. Very delicious indeed

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) April 16, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I would never have thought to pair chilli with lemon, but it sounds like a flavour explosion!

    Thanks for joining us in this months blog hop.

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

      Thanks for hosting Jennifer, I look forward to hearing what next month’s theme is.

  • Nic April 16, 2012, 7:50 pm

    Yum! Looks delicious, and one chili fits my chilli quota for a recipe, anymore and I usually find it too hot!

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:29 pm

      This just has a nice little kick, not too hot 🙂

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian April 16, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Wow – what a brave combination. I’m a chilli freak and I love lemon sorbet but I’ve never thought of putting the two together. Good on you for giving it a go!

  • Heather @ Cookbooks & Pattycakes April 16, 2012, 10:33 pm

    oh yummo! sounds delish, I will definitely be trying this recipe, thanks Kyrstie!

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:28 pm

      Thanks Heather, I am glad you visited

  • JJ @ 84thand3rd April 16, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I think I’m in love – lemon and chili – two of my favourite flavours! And lemons from your own tree – lucky lucky!

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:27 pm

      Thanks JJ 🙂 It is very hard to stop eating this one once you start…

  • Lizzy (Good Things) April 17, 2012, 6:12 am

    Lovely combination of flavours and a great post!

  • I love the picture it looks like a citrus chilli derriere in a glass 😉

    Love the flavour combination -wouldn’t have thought of pairing these flavours but now that you suggest it it makes so much sense – after all Thai cuisine is based on lemon, lime and chilli together!

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:26 pm

      Hi, Thai food is my favorite so why not give it a go 😉

  • Erin @ she cooks, she gardens April 18, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Mmm yum, I love a good dose of chilli in anything and this sounds excellent. I love that you used coconut sugar in this as well, I picked some up in Bali, it’s low GI and high in potassium and zinc from memory.

    I’m intrigued by the addition of vodka, does it help stop it from going too hard?

    • Kyrstie April 19, 2012, 1:26 pm

      Hi Erin,
      I am totally addicted to the Coconut Sugar it is delicious! I just made a batch of my chilli jam using it too – mmmm. Yes the alcohol stops the sorbet from freezing into a solid block.

  • Moya April 19, 2012, 4:35 pm

    How wonderful to have your own lemon tree and of course being able to use them with your sorbet recipe makes it even more special! Love the addition of chilli.

  • Mel B (Honey You Baked) April 22, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I’m a bit chilli-shy, I can take a certain portion (my husband taste-tested my meals whilst traveling in Mexico to see whether they’d be too hot for me!)
    I think the refreshing sorbet part of it would save me from the heat of the chilli – I definitely want to try it 🙂

  • Johanna May 19, 2012, 5:54 am


    I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!



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