This Italian soda is bubbly, sweet and creamy! Grab two straws and share with a friend; these cold drinks are a fun, retro summertime treat!
Italian Soda Anyone?
People are creatures of habit and this is especially noticeable in the ice cream shop. Every time we go to our favorite ice cream shop, I can rattle off what we will order before anyone begins to speak. We all have our favorite flavors and we like them served a certain way.
My friend and her family only order brownie sundaes, while another friend orders sorbets instead. I know some people who always order milkshakes and others get ice cream sandwiches. While my observations are unscientific or even 100% exact, I do believe that very few of my friends change up their ice cream order.
In my 46 years, I have only met one person who ever regularly ordered Italian sodas. This was an old boyfriend of mine. I think he ordered Italian soda partially for nostalgia reasons, he ordered them with his dad, and partially because he was being different from everyone else (his life’s mission back then was to go against the grain).
I wasn’t sold on the Italian soda the first time I tried them. They were bubbly and fizzy and completely unlike the ice cream I was craving. I grew to accept the Italian soda over time, but I could never bring myself to replace my regular ice cream order with an Italian soda. The only way for me to enjoy one of these creamy drinks was to make one at home!
The flavor possibilities are endless with Italian sodas.
They are simply flavored with syrup, soda water, and cream (optional). I used a raspberry 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g