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Italian Sodas

Growing up, these Italian sodas were my favorite!! My mom and I would always stop by a little coffee shack on our road trips to Oregon. I remember ordering the blueberry Italian soda in the summer instead of ice cream because they were so refreshing. I hadn’t had one of these since I was a kid, so I wanted to recreate the easy recipe. I even made my own blueberry and strawberry syrup instead of using Torani. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own syrup, you can use a syrup from the store. Also, there aren’t any real measurements to these, it’s really your preference! Hope you enjoy and serve a few Italian sodas at your 4th of July BBQ! Is that odd?

Italian Sodas


  • Homemade Blueberry or Strawberry Syrup
  • Club Soda
  • Cream (half and half)


  1. Fill a glass with ice.

  2. Pour 1/4 part syrup over ice.

  3. Add in the club soda.

  4. Pour in a small amount of cream.

  5. Stir and enjoy!

Homemade Sweet Syrup


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries or 2 cups strawberries


  1. Boil the sugar and water until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Add in the berries and boil for at least 10 minutes.

  3. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Berries should be mushy.

  4. Strain the mixture over a bowl and keep the juice.

  5. Discard the berries.

  6. Let the mixture cool before using.

  7. Stays fresh for a few days in the fridge.

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75 responses to Italian Sodas

  1. June 30, 2011

    YUM! Those look so tasty and I love the homemade syrup route!

  2. June 30, 2011

    These look delicious!

  3. June 30, 2011

    oohhhhhhh! I love Italian sodas!! I so want to try this!

  4. June 30, 2011

    When I was 17, I worked in a coffee shop and I was taught that when you added cream to an Italian Soda, it was called a French soda.

    People would always be hesitant about adding cream to their soda, but after one taste, they were hooked.

    Thanks for this recipe!

  5. June 30, 2011

    I don’t know Italian soda but it look lovely! The story which comes with them is lovely too. Sure I will give it a try. Cheers Susanne

  6. June 30, 2011

    These look so beautiful! Gotta try them!

  7. July 1, 2011

    Oh yes, Italy rocks! 😉 Hugs, Marianna

  8. July 1, 2011

    I’m in.

  9. July 2, 2011

    My son loves Italian Soda but daaaang they can be expensive. Loved this tutorial!!

    Found you via Pinterest…your blog is super cute!!

    1. January 30, 2013

      Thanks Kristan!!

  10. July 2, 2011

    Ooh, yum! I will have to try it out with my Lilac Syrup.

  11. July 5, 2011

    they look so delish!

  12. July 6, 2011

    I make these all the time (raspberry is my favorite). They are so yummy. Don’t forget the whipped cream! You can’t have an Italian cream soda without the whipped cream. 🙂

  13. July 7, 2011

    delicious, raspberry absolutely teh best, great photos there too

  14. Anonymous
    July 17, 2011

    Whipping cream works better than half and half, it does not separate, and you can use less to achieve even better results.

  15. August 15, 2011

    Yum yum!

  16. Eunice Lee
    August 24, 2011

    I’m definitely going to try this! Is it just whipping cream that’s used?

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  18. December 20, 2011

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing with us!

  19. January 12, 2012

    I love your blog, I am so obsessed with Italian sodas right now, love these photos too!

    1. October 19, 2012

      Thanks Sinny!!!!

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  21. March 7, 2012

    These look very delicious! i’ve never tried soda mixed with a dairy product, but they definitely look appealing enough to drink! thanks for the great post! I’ll have to try it!

  22. Anonymous
    March 8, 2012

    Delicious! I usually omit the sparkling water for a fatter creamier version. Of course, you can’t drink too much of it then, but the ice melts and waters it down a bit and it’s sooooo good!

  23. March 9, 2012

    Lovely photos and glasses – and the recipes are fun too – I will wish to try these at my next outing/bbq outside –

  24. March 10, 2012

    looks perfect i love it

  25. March 10, 2012

    My son used to make these all the time. What a sweet memory – thanks for reminding me!

  26. Anonymous
    March 11, 2012

    I was just wondering how thick is the syrup supposed to be? These look amazing!

    1. October 19, 2012

      Like a light maple syrup consistency 🙂

  27. Anonymous
    March 13, 2012

    My university has an international food fair in April and I think I’m going to introduce people to the awesomeness of Italian and Mexican sodas. thanks for the recipe

  28. Anonymous
    March 14, 2012

    We first tried these at Johnny Carinos and my girls and I fell in love! But WOW are they pricey. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us! I would love to make these in Raspberry, what measurement of raspberries would I need for the homemade syrup, and can I use frozen fruit? -Mo

  29. March 14, 2012

    Thanks for all of the comments! To answer a few questions, the syrup should a little less thick than maple syrup. Also, for raspberries, I would use about 1 1/2 cup either frozen or fresh… I always prefer fresh though 🙂

  30. March 15, 2012

    I’ve never heard of italian soda. I’m thrilled. Thanks for the great article.

  31. March 16, 2012

    I love Italian sodas but I’ve never made them myself. Really excited I found this!

  32. March 21, 2012

    Yummy! I’ve never heard of this before, but it sounds delicious.

  33. Jules
    March 26, 2012

    Loved this recipe! I opted to not add cream though and made my own whipped cream to mix in. So good! I love this blog, I am so excited to see more ideas that you come up with 🙂

  34. April 4, 2012

    Wow, they look SO delicious! Going straight to the kitchen.

  35. Nicole
    April 9, 2012

    Where did you get the cute bottles for the syrups?

    1. October 19, 2012

      I bought them from The Container Store 🙂

  36. Amy I.
    April 14, 2012

    we just made them with strawberries and they are fabulous. thanks!

  37. April 21, 2012

    Good Work !!!!!!!

    1. January 30, 2013

      Thanks Jesse!!

  38. April 21, 2012

    Yes! I find you right in time for summer.

    Thanks for recreating, and sharing with us. I will definitely introduce this to my son; it’s not just refreshing, it’s nutritious too.

  39. May 4, 2012

    Those seriously look amazing! So pretty! And fairly healthy if you make homemade syrup. I started making my own boba (bubble) tea, and just use fresh or frozen fruit blended in the blender to sweeten.

    I wonder if that would work with this? I still want to try the syrup, though.

    I can’t wait to try this myself. Ooh, and I’ll have some fresh black raspberries from my garden soon! I bet they’ll taste amazing with this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  40. May 4, 2012

    These look absolutely perfect! What a great summer drink!

  41. May 16, 2012

    Love the colour of the blueberry one, perfect for a themed party or wedding.

  42. Anonymous
    May 19, 2012

    Help…When I added (fresh) half – half it became lumpy (curdle). What went wrong, cream was fresh and I followed the directions.

  43. May 23, 2012

    I love Google because it helps me find lovely sites like your blog!
    I’m looking foward to making these.
    Thanks for sharing!
    *bookmarks site*

  44. Anonymous
    June 25, 2012

    After bottling these syrups, how long would they keep unrefrigerated? This is one more thing I’d like to make to sell at craft fairs if it seals good enough to keep for a while to sell?

  45. June 28, 2012

    I made these last night using whipping cream and it did a whole root beer float explosion type of thing lol. It foamed up a LOT. Did that happen for anyone else? I didn’t use any ice but other than that I followed the recipe.

  46. June 30, 2012

    I don’ think the syrups will stay fresh outside of the refrigerator for very long. There are no preservatives to keep them lasting 😉

  47. July 2, 2012

    Your blog is super cute. I love Italian Cream Soda and I actually did a blog post about this recipe from your cute site.

    1. October 19, 2012

      Thanks Kathy!! Glad you like Sugar and Charm and thank you for blogging about me!!

  48. October 13, 2012

    These look delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve never had them before, but I’m going to try them out. They look cute for a party as well.

    I also shared them on my blog. If you want to see it, here’s the link

  49. November 10, 2012

    i just tried it.. its amazing.. thnkx

  50. Usually I try various syrups at home but I haven’t tried Italian sodas. It looks lovely and I will try this very soon.

  51. January 8, 2013

    Wow it makes me thirsty.I like both fruits,

  52. January 17, 2013

    Yummy. It looks so delicious. I really want to try this. Look at the color. Amazing.

  53. January 29, 2013

    This is a great (not to mention terribly simple!) beverage!

    One question – Sugar & Charm:

    How do you maintain your gorgeousness after indulging in sweets and all? 😉

  54. February 4, 2013

    Ummmm! These look lucious! It might be a good idea to use Seltzer rather than Club Soda. The reason being that Club Soda has alot of sodium and many people need to control that intake.
    Your entire Blog is delicious!!

  55. February 27, 2013

    My granny always make it, so delicious!:)

  56. March 30, 2013

    amazing! and gorgeous photos… can’t wait to try!

  57. May 6, 2013

    These look so GOOD!!!Can you email me the original recipe?

  58. The best way to serve an Italian soda is in a tall iced glass, with some whipped cream on the top.

  59. Mandy
    July 22, 2013

    I made the syrup tonight and will make the drinks tomorrow! It tastes wonderful. I kept the remaining cooked strawberries in a separate container to put on pancakes, waffles, crepes, or ice cream (it tastes too good to throw out!)

    1. Eden
      June 17, 2014

      Good idea Mandy!! Yum!

  60. September 10, 2013

    Great article indeed! An example of an alternative to Italian soda that is Italian in origin is a chinotto, a carbonated drink made from the juice of a native Italian citrus fruit called the myrtle-leaved orange or myrtifolia. By the way, thanks so much for your article.

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  62. June 16, 2014

    wow……..looks delicious will definately will do this.
    i cannot believe that i can do recipes from italy sitting in South Africa thanks God for technology…… it thanks girl

    1. Eden
      June 17, 2014

      haha! Wow, would love to see South Africa one day! Thanks Thandekile! Let us know your thoughts. They really are simple and delicious. Enjoy!

  63. MARSHA
    July 3, 2014

    This sounds really easy and can’t wait to try it.Always looking for new things to make that everyone would like

  64. July 4, 2014

    hey girl tomorrow i am having family gathering so i going to wow them with my italian sodas enjoy your weekend altogether

  65. jack
    June 8, 2015

    Italian Soda Recipe. WOW!!

  66. DianajGilliam
    January 9, 2016

    So excited I found this sight,can’t wait to make the Italian sodas. Iam always looking for new recipes.

    1. Eden
      January 11, 2016

      Awesome!! Thank you so much! Italian sodas are my favorite!!!

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