Tangerine Coriander Sorbet

Tangerine Coriander Sorbet Recipe | @dessertfortwo

Coriander has been getting a lot of play in my kitchen lately.

I first had an orange coriander sorbet at a champagne bar in Chicago (I think it was Pops?), and I fell in love with it.  I scrawled it down on my inspirational / good God! life-is-worth-living list in my pocket notebook.  That was months ago, and I never quite knew if the reason I thought it was so amazing was the copious amounts of champagne consumed beforehand.  I am a bubbles girl at heart, and a glass in front of me instantly turns my outlook towards the rosy.  And the way champagne makes me smile, well, I don’t know of anything else that can make me smile that way.

Long story.  So, I’ve been meaning to make something sweet with coriander for a long time now. Then THEN, a few weekends ago in Austin, I had a vanilla latte with coriander sprinkled on top.  Mind-blowing.  This was at the TOMS coffee shop…yes, the shoe people.  It’s fantastic; give it a try if you’re in Austin.


TOMS coffee in Austin
{via my instagram}

P.S. If you scoff at $5 lattes, this might not be the place for you…but but but proceeds go towards clean water charities.  So there’s that.

I decided coriander absolutely belongs in my dessert repertoire.  This will not be the last dessert you see from me with coriander. I’m thinking strawberries are next?

If you’re not familiar with coriander, it’s the seed of the cilantro plant.  It doesn’t taste exactly like cilantro, however.  Tex-Mex food runs through my veins, so I can confidently tell you that coriander tastes like something green and verdant, albeit smoky.  And just before the smokiness takes over your palate and it starts to taste like cumin, BAM, the green fresh flavor hits you.  It’s magical.  Try it.

Tangerine Coriander Sorbet | dessertfortwo.com

So, the vodka?  Let’s give that a fair shake:  Sorbets can get icy and hard when they’re homemade.  Elise recommends corn syrup to counteract this.  I was fresh out, so I employed my frozen margarita knowledge (a weak frozen marg will freeze solid because it lacks alcohol), so I stirred in just 1 tablespoon of the hard stuff.  If you’re serving this to little ones, use corn syrup.  However, if you eat this the same day it’s made, well, none of this is your problem.  The sorbet won’t turn icy for a day or two.  I just finished the last of my batch of sorbet up this morning on day 5 with a scoop of plain yogurt on top.  Still good.

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Tangerine Coriander Sorbet
Prep time
Total time
Yield: ~ a quart
Serves: 2
  • 3 cups fresh tangerine juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka (or corn syrup)
  • ½ teaspoon (heaping) ground coriander
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, whisking very well to dissolve the coriander.
  2. Pour into your ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
  3. Scrape the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours to firm up.
  4. Will keep for 1 week in freezer.
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.






  1. says

    I have a problem with this recipe. it says vodka (or corn syrup)
    Who would choose corn syrup over booze?! I’m kidding about being mad at ya…but not about the vodka corn syrup thing.
    I LOVE coriander (I totally use the exact same one!) and I love this creative flavour combo – Pinning!

  2. says

    I love that you use coriander with the tangerine. It’s got such a citrusy taste to it…sounds fantastic and looks so pretty! Looking forward to giving this a try!

  3. says

    Those colours. So bright and fresh. Like summer in a bowl.Stunning.
    I don’t use coriander very much in cooking – but you’ve inspired me to be more experimental. Thank you!

  4. stacey says

    TITO’S FOR LIFE! Pairs well with all the things! I’m pretty sure that it would even taste good with dirt. Also, excellent description of coriander. That was a brilliant way to put it.

  5. says

    I haven’t had anything sweet with coriander before but I trust you. Plus this sounds deliciously refreshing. Oh and champagne, it is basically happy juice! Add that to the list of items I’ll want shortly after giving birth!

  6. says

    Gorgeous, my love! I adore corriander and love the idea of using it in sweet treats to give the recipe some warmth and the ol’ je ne sais quois ;) Beautiful as always!

  7. says

    This looks so refreshing and so unique! I don’t know why I never considered this flavor combo, orange, cilantro, it totally makes sense! A scoop of this would taste awesome in a glass of bubbly champagne!

  8. says

    Gorgeous! Sorbets are always so pretty and vibrant. And I love desserts that have just a bit of a savory or herbal note. Definitely trying this one out asap! I may do triple sec instead of vodka to give it more orange flavor… hmmmm

  9. says

    I love this! I am a huge fan of adding ground spices and fresh herbs to sweet treats. . my fave is a homemade lemon, blueberry and thyme ice cream. I also love adding fresh thyme to cakes .. Anyway, LOVE this! Pinned!

  10. Iced Green Tea Latte Recipe says

    Good heavens, thanks very much for posting this! I found an amazing recipe for an Iced Green Tea Latte. You should try it, it was easy. So flavorful!

  11. says

    I just stumbled upon your blog to find this delicious treat awaiting for me. I couldn’t wait until summer is back and I just put my version of your lovely sorbet into the fridge. Due to the lack of tangerine juice in Sweden, I switched to my favorite blood orange juice and added some more fresh coriander. Now, I can hardly wait until everything is frozen to have a taste of this delicacy!


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