Today I’m sharing a Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet recipe. This recipe is truly a sherbet that always makes the party.
If I had a video recording from our family birthday party this summer when I served this sherbet, I wouldn’t even need to write this post. I could simply include that recording—with everyone raving over this orange sherbet—and the recipe for it.
But alas I don’t. So, you’ll have to take my words and photos instead (nighttime photos taken on our screened porch no less). Still, I think you’ll see that this is a winning recipe!
My birthday, my sister’s birthday, and my niece’s (my sister’s daughter’s) birthday all fall within 6 days in July. Every other day during that period, one of us is celebrating a birthday.
When my sister and I were growing up, we’d celebrate our birthdays on the day in the middle if the timing worked out. Having a double celebration made everything more fun!
Our triple celebrations since my niece came along have been even more enjoyable. Enjoying delicious food together—the mains, sides, and of course, birthday desserts—and having the joy of giving gifts to each other is all so much fun! This year’s celebration was no different in that regard.
In fact, it was even more special because a new member of our family was present. Meet Dozer, our new rescue collie. We drove to Winston-Salem North Carolina to adopt Dozer on the eve of my birthday.
Dozer is a sable and white rough coat collie boy and is now the brother to Sandy. Sandy is a sable and white rough coat collie girl that we adopted last year on our anniversary. Clearly, we think rescuing collies is the best ways to celebrate special occasions. That makes sense, right?
Mr. GFE says that we might have twice the dog hair in our house now and need double the amount of dog food and money for vet costs, but the amount of love we receive is far, far more than double the amount of what we give with these two dear pups!
Some of you may be thinking, “what happened to Sonny?” Sonny was a longtime star on gfe and a dear, dear member of our family. Sadly, he passed away last year right before we adopted Sandy. He will never be forgotten, of course.
Sandy is a sweet and special girl who has undergone quite the transformation since becoming part of our family.
Dozer is a lively, well-behaved boy who always wants to be where the people and the food are!
Here you can see him checking out the main course for our party—steamed Maryland Blue Crabs—the day after we brought him home.
Dozer and Sandy have quickly become best buds. Dozer has been with us for a little over two months but it seems like he’s been with us for years because he’s so quickly become an adored member of our family and he and Sandy act like they’ve been together forever.
These two usually lie no more than a foot apart (and sometimes back to back, as you can see) and when taking walks they are often side by side most of the time! They’re always checking on each other and love playing with each other like puppies.
In fact, my friend Ricki told me that with two dogs you see parts of their personalities that you’d never see otherwise, and she was so right!
It’s great to see Sandy, the sometimes fussy and stubborn princess that she can be, yipping and running in circles while playing with her new, younger “brother.” Watching their puppy-like play is better than tv for sure!
Back to this Super Easy Orange Sherbet That Makes the Party
This recipe is a slightly adapted version of one my late mother-in-law made many years ago. She made hers in an old-fashioned ice cream maker.
Are you familiar with those? The original kind that required ice and rock salt where everyone took their turn turning the crank.
With that kind of ice cream maker, you had to earn your bowl of ice cream. If you didn’t crank, there was no ice cream to be had!
With modern ice cream makers, you just plug in your machine and go off to do other tasks while it works its magic. I love that!
This Super Easy Orange Sherbet is sort of an odd recipe when you consider what you’d expect orange sherbet to be made from because it’s made with orange soda, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed pineapple. But the results are absolutely wonderful!
My family went crazy over this recipe. They couldn’t believe it contained pineapple because they didn’t taste any pineapple flavor or discern the texture of pineapple in the sherbet.
And they absolutely loved the outstanding orange flavor and creamy texture in this sherbet.
We also enjoyed gluten-free cheesecake. Our local Food Lion carries a gluten-free cheesecake sampler platter that’s quite nice.
I also served my Mediterranean Chocolate Cake. This is one of my go-to cakes for family birthdays. (Another go-to cake recipe for family birthdays is this gluten-free Texas Sheet Cake.)
But it was this orange sherbet that made our birthday celebration.
I’ve made dairy-free Orange Almond Sherbet before to use in my version of a beloved local restaurants Frozen Orange Kiss dessert. And I’ve made Peach Sorbet, Pomegranate Sherbet, Honeydew Melon Sorbet, and Watermelon Sherbet. (and various flavors of ice cream) before.
They’re all delicious but I’ll admit that this Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet is really something special. And what party couldn’t benefit from the addition of delicious orange sherbet?
Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet Recipe
This three-ingredient Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet is really special. And what party couldn’t benefit from the addition of delicious orange sherbet? Adding a small amount of alcohol via vanilla extract (or a liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau), keeps the ice cream from crystallizing. Crystallization is not a concern if your orange sherbet will be eaten immediately but you’ll want to add an alcohol component (like vanilla extract) if you’ll be freezing any of your sherbet for later. Here are some wonderful dairy-free recipes for sweetened condensed milk, if you prefer a homemade option over the sweetened condensed coconut milk: ~ Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk ~ How to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk (use dairy-free option) ~ Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk ~ Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute ~ Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk If you want to turn this recipe into a no-churn recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker, use these instructions on How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine from David Lebovitz. This recipe is actually pretty forgiving. I’ve made it with less pineapple and/or less sweetened condensed milk in the past and it was just as good.
Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet
This three-ingredient Super Easy Homemade Orange Sherbet is really special. And what party couldn’t benefit from the addition of delicious orange sherbet?
Adding a small amount of alcohol via vanilla extract (or a liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau), keeps the ice cream from crystallizing. Crystallization is not a concern if your orange sherbet will be eaten immediately but you’ll want to add an alcohol component (like vanilla extract) if you’ll be freezing any of your sherbet for later.
Here are some wonderful dairy-free recipes for sweetened condensed milk, if you prefer a homemade option over the sweetened condensed coconut milk:
~ Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
~ How to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk (use dairy-free option)
~ Instant Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
~ Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute
~ Vegan Sweetened Condensed Milk
If you want to turn this recipe into a no-churn recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker, use these instructions on How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine from David Lebovitz.
This recipe is actually pretty forgiving. I’ve made it with less pineapple and/or less sweetened condensed milk in the past and it was just as good.
April J Harris says
Dozer is gorgeous, Shirley! What beautiful dogs you have! That’s interesting so many family members have birthdays so close together. Your Orange Sherbet looks wonderful. Orange Sherbet was always a favourite of mine when I was growing up. I love how easy this recipe is! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a wonderful week ahead!
Shirley Braden says
Awww, thanks so much regarding our dogs, April! Our collies enrich our lives so very much! Our family birthday celebration is so very special. 🙂
I think so many of us loved orange sherbet growing up. This recipe will make you remember how very much you love orange sherbet!
I appreciate you hosting Hearth and Soul each week! Hope you have a fabulous October week. It’s turning much cooler for us by the weekend!
Ina Gawne says
Awww Shirley I love your dogs! How sweet they both are…and they look like they have adorable personalities! Bless your heart for rescuing Dozer – he is beautiful.
And so is your sherbet! Sounds delicious 🙂
Shirley Braden says
Thank you so much, Ina!! We love these sweet pups so much! They’re actually both rescues. Dozer came from a situation where the couple was getting a divorce and neither wanted to keep him (unreal as he’s such a doll) and Sandy came from a hoarding/puppy mill situation (over 400 animals in all, 340 of which were dogs). We are so very lucky to have them both!
The sherbet is especially tasty but it’s another one of those not often made treats. 😉
Wow! I love the bright orange color of this sherbet! and who would know how easy it is to make.. I have not invested in an ice cream maker yet but it is something I’ve thought about. Looks like you had a wonderful birthdays celebration and I can imagine how fabulous that sherbet was in the summer- although it is perfect for fall as well! I’m always up for some ice cream or sherbet!
Shirley Braden says
Judee–Thanks on all!! I think you’d really love having an ice cream maker. I could see you making all kinds of delicious and healthy ice creams, sherbets, and even “milkshakes”!
Shirley, Love the stories about your collies. We had a Siberian Husky for 17 years, and we miss her dearly. In fact, when we first retired we bought an RV so that our long-awaited travel plans could proceed with her in tow. International travel was set aside until after she passed away. I still get misty eyed every time I see a Husky, and she has been gone for several years now. Dozer and Sandy are so lucky to have come into your loving home. And I know it works the other way as well! Nancy
Shirley Braden says
Hi Nancy–I was sure I’d replied to your comment but here I am and there’s no reply from me. 🙁 I so appreciate your comment and you still missing your Husky so much. Having her with you for 17 years was a gift for sure but we never have them long enough. Sandy is thrilled to have a new “brother” and he is thrilled to have a sister—and we’re just so happy to have them both! And are more so with each day. 🙂
Shirley who knew sherbet was so easy to make? And I love the color! My ice cream maker has been collecting dust for a few years. I think I’ll pull it out to try this one!
Shirley Braden says
Sharon–The color really is so vibrant! Especially when this sherbet is made with Orange Crush. It depends upon which brand of orange soda you use as to how bright orange the sherbet will be. Please do give this recipe a go and report back!
Bryson Fico says
Great recipe and very easy to make. I used high end orange soda. I think it made a huge difference.
Shirley Braden says
Bryson–I’m sure high-end orange soda made this recipe extra special! I’m so glad you enjoyed your sherbet. 🙂 I plan to make a dairy-free version of this recipe soon using coconut milk-based sweetened condensed milk and I will take your recommendation on the soda. Thanks for that and thanks for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!