Duomo Gelato

Celebrate the 4th of July with Patriotic Gelato

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, fireworks, and of course, delicious treats! This year, why not add a touch of Italian flair to your Independence Day festivities with some festive, patriotic gelato? Here’s a simple recipe to create red, white, and blue gelato that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering.


Red Gelato (Strawberry):

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (hulled and sliced)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

White Gelato (Vanilla):

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Blue Gelato (Blueberry):

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


For Each Flavor:

  1. Prepare the Fruit Puree (for Red and Blue Gelato):

    • Blend the fruit (strawberries or blueberries) in a blender until smooth.
    • Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds (optional but recommended).
    • Set the fruit puree aside.
  2. Heat Milk and Sugar:

    • In a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk and sugar.
    • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Do not let it boil.
  3. Combine Ingredients:

    • For the fruit gelatos (red and blue): Remove the saucepan from heat and let it cool slightly. Stir in the fruit puree, heavy cream, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
    • For the vanilla gelato (white): In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale and thick. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Chill the Mixture:

    • Pour the mixture into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
    • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Churn the Gelato:

    • Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, pour it into your ice cream maker.
    • Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually about 20-25 minutes, until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
  6. Freeze the Gelato:

    • Transfer the churned gelato into separate airtight containers for each flavor.
    • Freeze for at least 2 hours to allow it to firm up before serving.
  7. Serve:

    • Scoop the gelato into bowls or cones, alternating scoops of red, white, and blue gelato for a festive look.
    • Optional: Garnish with fresh strawberries, blueberries, or a dollop of whipped cream for added flair.

Tips for a Perfect 4th of July Gelato:

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh fruit will give the best flavor and color for your gelato.
  • Avoid Overheating: Be careful not to let the milk and sugar mixture boil.
  • Chill Thoroughly: Ensure the mixtures are well-chilled before churning to achieve the best texture.
  • Get Creative: Use star-shaped sprinkles or edible glitter to add an extra festive touch to your gelato.


Celebrate Independence Day with a refreshing and patriotic twist by making red, white, and blue gelato. This homemade treat is perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day and will add a fun, colorful element to your 4th of July festivities. At Duomo Gelato, we love bringing a taste of Italy to your celebrations. Enjoy this recipe and have a happy 4th of July!

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