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Italian Sodas are fun and easy to customize. Let me show you how to make Italian soda at home with just 3 ingredients: sweet syrups, half-and-half, and club soda.
Whenever I am in charge of drinks at a get-together, I ALWAYS think of the Friends episode where Phoebe gets put in charge of cups and ice. She goes way over the top by bringing every kind of ice possible and making anything and everything out of cups. Haha, it’s classic!
I guess I think of Italian Sodas as over the top because everyone loves them, and everyone always seems impressed when there’s a fun drink bar. They always tend to be a showstopper (just like Phoebe’s ice and cup presentation)! In reality, they are SUPER easy to make.
This Italian soda recipe is great for any party, and any occasion because they’re so easy to customize. We even set up an Italian Soda bar at my brother’s wedding reception and it was a huge hit. There are so many other occasions where these drinks would be lovely, below are some ideas.
Different Occasions to Serve Italian Cream Sodas at:
- Mother’s Day brunch or dinner
- Baby showers (pick syrup colors to match the party theme)
- Bridal showers
- Fun movie night with family and friends (they would be perfectly paired with a popcorn bar!)
- Birthday parties
My all-time favorite way to serve these Italian cream sodas is by turning them into floats for summertime parties (think end-of-the-school-year parties, 4th of July, etc). What you do is set out the club soda, ice, ice cream, and syrup flavors and let your guests do the rest! It does not get much easier than that.
Common Recipe Questions Answered:
What is Italian soda?
Italian soda is a fun drink made from carbonated water and flavored syrup. The cream is typically added to the drink as well as crushed ice and whipped cream. These drinks are fun because there are so many syrup flavors you can choose from to make a delicious concoction.
How to make Italian soda?
First, begin with adding 1-2 ounces of the syrup of your choice to a 16-ounce glass. Next, fill the glass half-way with crushed ice. (PRO TIP: Sonic has the best crushed ice, and the best thing is that you can buy it by the bag-full.) Next, pour in one ounce of half-and-half. Then slowly pour in the club soda. Lastly, top with whipped cream and a cherry and enjoy your delicious creation!
How is Italian soda different?
Like soda, Italian sodas are made with carbonated water and syrup but without the caffeine! That’s huge in my book. Italian sodas are also different because there are so many flavored syrups that range from vanilla, to peppermint, to pumpkin, to strawberry. And the list goes on and on, the options are literally endless.
What are some Italian soda flavor combinations?
There are so many flavor combinations and I definitely have my go-to (pina colada) but I always enjoy asking others what concoction they came up with and love making a different combo each time. What flavor combination will you make? The sky’s the limit when it comes to Italian soda flavor combinations. Here are some of the favorites in my family:
- Pineapple and coconut (pina colada)
- Strawberry and banana
- Peach and vanilla
- Orange and vanilla (creamsicle)
- Cherry and lime
- Mango and banana
- Strawberry and coconut (tiger’s blood)
- pomegranate and lime
- peach and mango
- mint and lime (virgin mojito)
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Cook’s Tools and ingredients:
- Torani syrups. I’ve found that these are the best syrups. Plus they come in so many different flavors.
- pumps for the syrups
- club soda
- pretty paper straws
- maraschino cherries
How to Make Italian Soda
- 1-2 ounces of flavored Torani syrup
- crushed ice
- 1 ounce half-and-half
- 8 ounces club soda
- whipped cream optional
- maraschino cherries optional
- Pump the Torani syrups(of your choice into a 16-ounce glass. Next, fill the glass halfway with ice.
- Pour in the half and half. Then, slowly pour in the club soda. Stir everything together.
- Finally, top with whipped cream and a cherry (optional, but not optional for me!) and serve.