This Italian soda is bubbly, sweet and creamy! Grab two straws and share with a friend; these cold drinks are a fun, retro sweet treat that is delicious all year long!
What Is Italian Soda?
If you have never tried an Italian soda, you really are in for a treat! Italian soda is like drinking the fizziest, creamiest soda ever!
Despite the name, this bubbly drink did not originate in Italy, but in the United States in the 1920s. You can most often find Italian sodas in fruity flavors, but they can really be made with any flavoring.
And you don’t have to go to an ice cream shop to enjoy an Italian Soda, you can easily make and enjoy sodas at home!
WHERE IS THE ITALIAN SODA RECIPE?
If you’d rather skip cooking tips, suggestions, handy substitutions, related recipe ideas – and get straight to the Raspberry Italian Soda Recipe– simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Truth be told, I wasn’t sold on the Italian soda the first time I tried them. They were bubbly and fizzy and completely unlike anything else I’ve tried.
Eventually, I grew to accept Italian soda, especially when I realized how simple they were to make at home.
The flavors are limited only by your imagination and they are so easy to make!
How Is An Italian Soda Made?
The ingredients for these Italians sodas are 1. flavored with syrup, 2. soda water, and 3. cream (optional).
I used a raspberry syrup (my current favorite flavored Torani syrup) and a raspberry lime-flavored sparkling water. I layered these in a glass filled with ice and stirred.
A splash of fresh lime juice helps cut the sweetness. I drizzled in heavy cream just before serving.
The cream is optional, but it adds a luxurious feel and silky taste plus it has a way of tempering the sweet syrup.
You can easily make this recipe with your own simple syrup. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, add fresh raspberries, reduce heat and continue to cook until sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened.
Remove the syrup from the heat source and drain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve Allow syrup to cool before using.
The syrup can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Why Is My Italian Soda Curdling?
The curdling happens when dairy is mixed with citrus juices. Unfortunately, there is not a way to stop this from happening unless you use dairy friendly products like Torani citrus-flavored syrups or avoid using citrus altogether,
Another way to avoid curdling is to add the syrup first, seltzer water, Ice and then pour the cream over top.
Let the cream fall to the bottom then stir gently as you drink the soda.
How To Make An Italian Soda Bar
Hosting a party? Make up an Italian Soda Bar for all your friends, they will love it!
Set out different flavored sodas (lemon-lime, flavored carbonated water as well as flavorless sparkling water or club soda along with lots of crushed ice.
Make your own syrups or set out a variety of flavored syrups. Torani has a huge selection of flavored syrups so you can truly make a homemade Italian cream soda with almost any flavor combination!
Place a variety of garnishes like fresh berries, citrus wedges, maraschino cherries, or herbs like mint in bowls so your guests can have a little fun with their drinks.
Have heavy cream on hand for those that like the creamy sodas.
Top your sodas with canned whipped topping or a dollop of homemade whipped cream and use decorative straws for added fun!
What More Fun Drink Ideas? Try:
- Torani flavored syrup
- Raspberry Lime Sparkling Water (I used Spindrift)
- Splash of lime juice
- Heavy cream
- Fill two glasses with ice.
- Fill each glass about 1/4-2/3 full with the raspberry syrup.
- Top each with sparkling water and a splash of fresh lime juice.
- Slowly pour the desired amount of heavy into each glass.
- Top with fresh raspberries.
The syrup is very sweet, adjust the amount added to each glass according to your personal tastes.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 0g