Making your own Italian sodas this summer is going to keep you out of the long lines and keep more money in your pocket. With these refreshing non-alcoholic drinks, you're in for a real treat!
Ever since I was a kid, getting an Italian soda has been a real treat for me. Back in high school we made and sold them in culinary class as part of our fundraising efforts.
I learned pretty well how to eyeball the measurements in a Dixie cup, but seeing as how I'm an adult now and often forget to buy disposable dishware, having a simple recipe for any cup size is pretty handy!
I love a lot of different Italian soda flavors and it helps that I can find so many full sized bottles at a few retailers near me for cheap. I can whip up a strawberry, peach, cherry, or orange Italian soda whenever I feel like it, I just have to make some homemade Italian sodas for the kids too. Of course, they'll still want the drink that's in my cup even if it is the same.
- Flavored Coffee Syrups
- Club Soda
- Heavy Cream or Half and Half
- Whipped Cream
🍽 Equipment Needed
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- Drinking Glasses
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
Check out how to make Italian sodas with these simple step-by-step instructions:
In your glass, pour your Italian soda syrup.
Add in the ice.
Follow with your club soda.
Top it off with some heavy cream and then mix to combine.
Spray some whipped cream on top and drink up.
🍴 Recipe Tips
While making this drink is very easy there are a few things I should definitely point out. Depending on the syrup and milk of choice you may end up with a curdled drink if you don't drink it fast enough.
Strawberry, Lemon, Kiwi and other acidic fruits are also acidic fruit syrups. Watermelon, banana, and peach are less acidic. Milks like half and half or whole milk are more likely to curdle from the acidic fruit syrups. Using a heavier fat milk like heavy cream will get it to last longer before it begins to curdle.
The drink itself is still perfectly fine for drinking after it's been separated and there isn't much of a texture change, the taste remains the same, but it isn't as pretty to look at.
There's another trick to avoid this besides choosing a higher fat product. Pour the ingredients into the cup in a very specific order. Mix the syrup and cream together in a cup before adding the club soda and then add the ice last. This should help to keep from "shocking" the ingredients and help them to incorporate more smoothly.
Full disclosure: My photos and recipe card show the syrup, ice, soda, cream order that my favorite coffee stands use, but feel free to change it to the tip explained above.
An Italian soda is a flavorful and refreshing drink that packs a fizz like a sparkling soda. Flavor options can vary greatly and when served over ice, this stuff is incredible.
My personal favorites include watermelon and strawberry Italian soda flavors, but there are endless possibilities and syrups out there and when you mix and match you can create enough to keep you drinking for a long time!
If you're anything like me, you like to order these tasty drinks when you drive past a coffee stand in the hot afternoons of summer. To make your drink like they do, use half and half as that is most likely the dairy product they're adding to the cups.
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How to Make an Italian Soda
- 3 tablespoon Flavored Coffee Syrups ($0.53)
- 1 cup Ice ($0.00)
- 1 cup Club Soda ($0.28)
- 1 tablespoon Heavy Cream or Half and Half ($0.02)
- Whipped Cream
- Using a tall clear glass, add in any combination of flavored syrups about 3 tablespoon of syrup total.
- Add the ice.
- Add your club soda.
- Pour in the heavy cream and then stir to combine.
- Top with whipped cream, serve and enjoy.