Cool off this summer with Easy Orange Soda Sorbet that has ONLY 1 INGREDIENT! You won't believe how simple and inexpensive this icy frozen dessert is! It's also dairy-free, gluten-free and almost hands-free!
This simple frozen treat takes less than 20 minutes to make. Costs less than $1 for the whole recipe and is less than 100 calories per serving!
In less than 20 minutes, you can enjoy this ridiculously easy frozen sweet treat on a hot summer day at the pool, birthday party, family reunion, church supper, or just dessert for one on your front porch.
What's the difference in sorbet and sherbet?
Sorbet is made with fruit and/or fruit juice and has an icy texture. Sherbet is also made with fruit/and or fruit juice but with added milk or cream. They look similar and the names sound similar but the texture is different. Sherbet is creamy but not as creamy as ice cream. Both are refreshing frozen treats.
There's literally just one ingredient in this frozen dessert recipe!
Only one ingredient needed to make this easy sorbet: 4 cups carbonated orange-flavored soda for a 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker up to a 2 liter bottle for larger, old-fashioned ice cream freezer.
- Orange soda- It can be Sunkist, Crush, store brand, or even sugar-free orange soda
No ice cream machine is needed for this recipe (scroll down for those instructions) but I like to use my frozen yogurt/ice cream/sherbet maker with an aluminum cylinder insert that stays in the freezer until ready to use.
It's made for small batch recipes (1 1/2-quarts), requires no messy rock salt and ice, and is ready in less than 20 minutes.
An old-fashioned traditional ice cream machine can also be used if that's what you prefer or want to make this recipe for a crowd.
I've had this model for a long time. There are many brands and models available at Amazon, Ebay, and Target.
How to make orange soda sorbet in 3 types of ice cream machines
Scroll down for detailed, printable recipe.
It really can't get any easier than pouring soda pop in an ice cream maker and turning on a button!
1. Donvier Cuisinart Orange Soda Sorbet
For the Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach frozen-cylinder-ice cream maker, remove the frozen cylinder from the freezer (frozen at least 8 hours in advance) and place on the base. Place the paddle in the middle, lock the lid in place, and turn on the machine.
Pour the orange soda in the frozen cylinder ice cream maker from the open top and freeze until slushy but firm enough to scoop. The paddle does not move. The frozen cylinder moves.
2. Electric or Hand-Cranked Ice Cream Machine
To make orange soda sorbet in the traditional ice cream maker, pour the cylinder no more than two-thirds full. Place the paddle in the middle of the cylinder. Place the cylinder in the middle of the "bucket" and fill in around it with ice and rock salt and freeze until firm, according to manufacturers directions.
3. Ninja Creami Orange Soda Sorbet
To make orange soda sorbet in the Ninja Creami, use 2 1/4 cups orange soda at a time. The Ninja Creami site has detailed directions on how to make a grape sorbet. Replace the grape juice, water and lemon juice with the orange soda pop and follow their directions.
That's it! Pour, freeze, scoop and enjoy homemade orange sorbet in less than 20 minutes.
Can I make this ahead of time?
For a more firm texture, spoon the slushy mixture into a covered loaf pan, airtight container or bowl and place in the freezer until ready to serve. You will have to let it stand on the counter a few minutes to soften enough to scoop it out.
Can I make Sunkist orange sorbet without an ice cream maker?
Yes, no ice cream machine needed! Simply pour the soda into a shallow baking pan like a 9x9-inch or 13x9-inch pan, depending on how much you want to make.
Place it in the freezer, uncovered for 2 hours. Take a fork and rake it through the mixture. It will begin to be slushy. Repeat this process every hour until scoopable consistency.
How to store sorbet
Keep sorbet covered in the freezer for up to one month. Let it sit on the counter a few minutes to thaw just enough to scoop.
Substitutions and add-ins
Make other flavors! Grape, pineapple, and lemon-lime soda can all be used to make this sorbet. Any soda will work. It doesn't have to be an orange soda Pepsi product.
What's the difference in sorbet and sherbet?
The main difference between sorbet and sherbet is sherbet contains milk or dairy. Sorbet is typically made of pureed fruit and juice with no dairy. In order to be called sherbet, it must not contain more than 2% fat.
How to make orange soda SHERBET
Make Orange Soda Sherbet by stirring in 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk for every 4 cups of soda. Or, 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk for a 2-liter of soda for a bigger yield. Optionally, you can add an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple (undrained). Follow freezing directions in the recipe.
This recipe is so simple, kids will want to help make it and watch it freeze. Let them choose their favorite can of flavored soda.
When making a small quantity of frozen soda Sorbet, Eagle Brand now makes sweetened condensed milk in a (14-ounce) pourable squeeze bottle with lid. Measure out just what you need and store in the refrigerator. No can opener needed!
Freeze It Faster: Start with orange soda chilled in the fridge.
This sorbet melts FAST! For a more firm consistency or to store until ready to serve, transfer the slushy mixture to an air tight container and place in the freezer.
Make a slushy drink!
It's as easy as stopping the ice cream maker when it is a pourable slushy consistency! No need to run to the convenience store for an Icee!
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Easy Orange Soda Sorbet (1 Ingredient)
- Frozen yogurt or ice cream maker or baking pan for no-churn version
- 4 cups carbonated orange soda (More can be used according to ice cream makers capacity)
- For the Cuisinart or Donvier frozen-cylinder-ice cream maker, remove the frozen cylinder from the freezer (frozen at least 8 hours in advance) and place on the base. Place the paddle in the middle, lock the lid in place, and turn on the machine.
- Pour the orange soda the frozen cylinder ice cream maker and freeze 19 minutes or until slushy but firm enough to scoop. Be sure to start the machine before pouring in the soda. The sides of the cylinder will start freezing the soda immediately, so you want to have the paddle in place and machine on before pouring it in.
- For the traditional ice cream maker, pour the soda no more than two-thirds full. Place the cylinder in the middle of the "bucket" and fill in around it with ice and rock salt freeze until according to manufacturers directions.
- Warning: This sorbet melts FAST! To freeze for later serving, transfer the sorbet out of the frozen cylinder into an airtight container and store in the freezer.