Visit the Amalfi Coast From Home - A Limoncello Popsicle Recipe

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Pucker up! It's time to celebrate la dolce vita. 

The first time I tasted limoncello I was 17 years old on a road trip through Italy. 

This was my first trip to Europe, and I was completely intoxicated by everything I encountered, from historical sights and stunning vistas.... to locals who could seemingly do anything while smoking a cigarette. 

We were offered a glass of limoncello after every (and I mean every) meal in Italy. Just as the bill arrived, the owner or manager would hobble over to our table, gripping a bottle of homemade limoncello. 

This zesty, electric liqueur became the personification of my feelings about Italy: Bright. Bold. Sweet.... but with an unexpected kick. 

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This summer, there is no need to travel all the way to Italy to chase these carefree, Italian dreams!

Next weekend, Vallozzi’s is hosting their second annual Limoncello Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

This is one of my favorite events of the year because Vallozzi’s Festa di Limoncello brings luxurious, summer days on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to the heart of Pittsburgh. 

Pittsburgh - don your best beach attire, and enjoy an afternoon of Limoncello tastings, hand crafted Limoncello cocktails, sparkling wines, Italian music, Amalfi Coast street foods, breezy Amalfi coast inspired décor, and more!

The Festa Di Limoncello will be held on Saturday, June 30th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Tickets to the Festa di Limoncello are $75 in advance with limited availability for just 150 guests. Don't dally - this event sold out last year.

Vallozzi's outdoor lounge will be decked out with citrus garlands and striped beach umbrellas. 

And, in honor of the Festa di Limoncello, I have developed another way to use Limoncello to transport to Italy this summer....

Lavender & Basil Limoncello Popsicles

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Boozy popsicles are the best way to cool down on a hot summer day. I love using limoncello because the flavor is tart and refreshing. 

Ingredients: 

+ 4 oz limoncello
+ 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
+ 2 tablespoon dried lavender
+ 3 cups water (divided)
+ 3/4 cup fresh chopped basil
+ Popsicle molds
+ Popsicle sticks

Yields eight popsicles. 

Instructions: 
In a sauce pan, bring the lavender and one cup of water to a light boil. Once boiling, add the chopped basil. Kill the heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Set off to the side to cool. 

Mix the limoncello and lemon juice. Once it has cooled, add the basil/lavender and stir. Taste the mixture. Depending on your taste, add water SLOWLY (a few tablespoons at a time) until it is to your taste. (I like it very tart, and don't add much water.)  Put mixture in fridge to cool. 

Once chilled, pour mixture into popsicle tray, leaving 1/8 of space at the top. Do not put in the popsicle sticks yet. Return to freezer. 

If you want to add decorative items into your popsicles (dried lavender, basil leaves, dehydrated lemons), wait until the mixture has become a thick slush (about 30 minutes in the freezer). If you add it too early, everything will float to the top and freeze there. Add in the popsicle sticks during the slush stage. 

Return to freezer and leave overnight. To enjoy, run popsicle tray under warm water until popsicle slides out. Enjoy immediately!

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Can't get enough limoncello? Don't forget to attend Festa Di Limoncello on Saturday, July 30th at Vallozzi's in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This post is part of a paid-partnership with Vallozzi’s Festa Di Limoncello.

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