Creamsicle Orange Sherbet is my favorite orange sherbet recipe. It's made with fresh orange juice and buttermilk, which gives it a creamsicle-like flavor. This refined sugar-free ice cream is sweetened with honey so you can feel good about eating it. Go ahead, have another scoop!


Making a creamsicle sherbet wasn’t my intention. Really, it wasn’t.  Not that there is anything wrong with creamsicles, it’s just that was I had intended was a little, well, fancier. This post was supposed to be titled, Orange Blossom Buttermilk Sherbet. But how could I call it that when it tastes just like a creamsicle?

This is summertime, backyard ice cream at its best. It’s refreshing, light and reminiscent of childhood favorites. The buttermilk adds a little tangy flavor which is why I think this ended up tasting just like a creamsicle.

And the best part? Other than the taste, of course. This is a healthier ice cream recipe as it's only sweetened with honey.

Orange creamsicle sherbet in a container with an ice cream scoop making a ball of ice cream on top.

How to make orange sherbet

Making this orange sherbet recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Whisk the honey and orange juice with cream until the honey dissolves.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk.
  3. Pour it into your ice cream maker.

See how easy it is to make orange sherbet?

What does orange sherbet taste like?

The best thing ever!

If you have fond memories of eating creamsicles as a kid then you will love this orange sherbet. It's tangy and refreshing and has just the right amount of orange flavor.

Because this is a sherbet (as opposed to orange ice cream) it is lighter in texture. It reminds me a little of a slightly creamy snow cone. It's delicious!

Three bowls of orange sherbet on a blue background waiting to be eaten.

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Orange Sherbet in a bowl with orange slices

Creamsicle Orange Sherbet

This orange sherbet is creamy, tangy, and tastes like a creamsicle. It's a naturally sweet summertime treat made with freshly squeezed orange juice, buttermilk, honey, and orange blossom water. It's easy to make with or without an ice cream maker, and it's ready in just a couple of hours!

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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 large navel oranges, zest and juice (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water, optional, see notes


  • In a small pot, heat the cream and honey until the honey dissolves. (Don't bring it to a boil – the honey will dissolve when the cream is slightly warm.
    1 cup heavy cream, ¾ cup honey
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  • Pour the sweetened cream into a large bowl then add the buttermilk, orange juice and zest, and if using the orange blossom water. Cover the bowl and put it into your fridge until it's completely cold.
    1 ½ cups buttermilk, 2 large navel oranges, 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
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  • Oour the ice cream into your ice cream maker and process it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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No Churn Method

  • Pour the cold ice cream into a shallow dish and put it into your freezer. After 1 hour, remove the dish and scrape the ice cream with a fork and mix it around. Continue letting it freeze for an hour then scraping and mixing it at least two more times.
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In most grocery stores, you'll find orange blossom water sold for a couple of dollars. It's also available online here, although it's a little more expensive than in a store. The ice cream is delicious without it, but adding it really brings out the creamsicle flavor.
Serving: 1 serving = ½ cup, Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 121IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg
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