Rainbow Sherbet

Easy homemade rainbow sherbet, bursting with raspberry, orange and lime flavors! A perfect summertime treat!

Easy homemade rainbow sherbet, bursting with raspberry, orange and lime flavors! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Growing up, sherbet was one of my favorite frozen treats. Whenever we’d go out for ice cream, I’d always get orange sherbet. And it had to be in a cone and covered with chocolate sprinkles. Trust me, it’s a winning combination. Next to orange sherbet, rainbow was my next favorite. It combined three awesome flavors into one irresistible Summer treat.

It’s not just for Summer though. Around the holidays, it was part of our punch. A splash of this, a splash of that… and a whole lot of rainbow sherbet! Watching the scoops float around was always fun. And, I always tried to make sure I got a cup with extra sherbet. What kid wouldn’t?

Easy homemade rainbow sherbet, bursting with raspberry, orange and lime flavors! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ve already shared both a traditional orange sherbet recipe and a super creamy orange creamsicle ice cream recipe. That means it’s time for rainbow to take center stage! And, since Sunday is officially the first day of Summer (YAY!), I wanted to share a fun and totally tasty frozen treat to kick off the season!

This homemade rainbow sherbet is bursting with orange, raspberry and lime flavors! You can layer them or swirl. Just make sure you get every flavor in your bowl… or on your cone!

Be sure to add this fun fruity rainbow sherbet recipe to your Summer plans!

Easy homemade rainbow sherbet, bursting with raspberry, orange and lime flavors! Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Rainbow Sherbet

Easy homemade rainbow sherbet, bursting with raspberry, orange and lime flavors! A perfect summertime treat!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C orange juice
  • 1/3 C lime juice
  • 6 oz fresh raspberries
  • Orange Americolor optional
  • Green Americolor optional


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cream, sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cover and chill thoroughly, 4 hours or overnight. 
  • Puree raspberries until smooth. Optionally add 1-2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to sweeten the puree. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Cover and chill until ready to use. 
  • Churn milk base according to manufacturer's directions. Freeze for 1 hour in a freezer safe container. 
  • Divide semi-frozen ice cream base into thirds. Fold in puree and juice to create 3 colors and flavors. Optionally, add 1 drop gel food color to the orange and lime portions for a brighter color. Transfer mixtures to large piping bags. Freeze for 30-45 minutes or until soft serve consistency is reached. 
  • Snip off the ends of each bag, swirling the three flavors into one freezer safe container. 
  • Freeze until firm. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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34 Responses to “Rainbow Sherbet”

  1. #
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — June 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I’ve been wondering how to do that. Now it seems so obvious. Great photos Rachel. Love the colors!

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thanks so much Katie!

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    June @ How to Philosophize with Cake — June 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Wow I didn’t know you could make rainbow sherbert so easily! It looks fantastic, just like from an ice cream shop :)

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thanks June! :)

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    Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness — June 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Rainbow sherbet was my absolute favorite dessert as a kid…I didn’t want anything to do with the chocolate stuff… I NEED this back in my life! :)

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

      You absolutely do! :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Gah! I LOVE rainbow sherbet and had no idea how to make it! This looks so pretty and easy to make….yum!

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thank you! :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — June 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Rainbow sherbet used to be one of my favorites growing up! It’s the perfect flavor for those of us with no decision making abilities, 3 flavors for the price of one! Love it!

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Haha I honestly never thought about it that way but it does make sense. :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Not sure what I like better: how fun it looks or how absolutely delicious it sounds! This sorbet is perfect to celebrate summer!

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Thanks Anna!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Heck yea rainbow sherbet was the best! I never thought to make it myself this is such a blast from the past.

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Clearly now you have to ;)

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    Malinda@Countryside Cravings — June 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    This is so pretty! I remember the punch with sherbet floating in it, only I think it was raspberry. I usually just tried to scoop out the sherbet and leave the punch. Can’t wait to make this :)

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 6:09 am

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen — June 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

    This is so fun! I went through a sherbet phase too but never did the sprinkles + sherbet…now I’m intrigued ;)

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      Rachel — June 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      You’ll have to try it soon ;)

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — June 22, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I always use to love sherbet when I was little, especially the rainbow kind! Who woundn’t want three flavors?! Definitely need to try this soon!!

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      Rachel — June 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

      It seems like such a kid favorite for so many! Glad I’m bringing back those memories :)

  11. #
    Ambar — June 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

    LOVE Sherbet! I am so excited i finally found a recipe to make it at home!

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      Rachel — June 23, 2015 at 6:05 am

      I hope you love it! :)

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    Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble — June 23, 2015 at 3:33 am

    The colors are gorgeous! Perfect for summer. I’m a chocolate girl but I will totally try orange sherbert with chocolate sprinkles next ice cream run!

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      Rachel — June 23, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thanks Kathleen!

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    Linda | A La Place Clichy — June 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I feel like I’ve had a deprive childhood cause I’ve never seen rainbow sherbet before! Looks so cool!

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      Rachel — June 24, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Oh my gosh! You’ve got to try it! :)

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor — June 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I had three large scoops of ice cream for dinner from my favorite ice cream stand last night. This sherbet is making me want a second night in a row of ice cream for dinner. So pretty!

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      Rachel — June 24, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Ice cream for dinner is the best ;)

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    Kennedy Cole@KCole's Creative Corner — June 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Mmm! I love homemade ice cream! This looks like a great way to put my new ice cream maker to good use. Haha, as if I don’t already use it enough!

    BTW, that was about the best investment I’ve ever made. Great recipe!

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      Rachel — June 24, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Such a good investment! I hope you love the sherbet! :)

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    Mary @chattavore — June 25, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Rainbow sherbet takes me back to my childhood when my mom used to buy it in plastic tubs at the grocery store. I still love the stuff. I can’t wait to make it at home!

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      Rachel — June 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Claire — August 9, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    What was the glass container that you used in the photo above to store the sherbet? Is it a special glass that is made for the freezer and is freezer-safe? I have seen it before but can’t for the life of me remember where.

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      Rachel — August 21, 2022 at 7:47 am

      They are Weck jars. You can find them at a variety of stores or online.

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