An Italian Soda is a classic, refreshing drink that’s easy to make with 3 ingredients! We’re sharing the details on how to make an Italian soda recipe. Our favorite flavor combinations and two of the best Italian soda recipes!
This drink is one of my absolute favorite summertime treats! They’re refreshing, flavorful, and oh-so-easy to make. And the best part? You can customize them and use your own favorite flavors!
Growing up, this was my personal favorite summer treat. My mom and I would always stop by a little coffee shack called Coffee Heaven on our road trips to Oregon. I remember ordering the blueberry Italian soda instead of ice cream because they were so refreshing.
What’s in an Italian Soda?
You might be wondering, what exactly is in an Italian soda? An Italian soda is a drink made of club soda and flavored syrup, often served with cream (aka Italian cream soda). This tasty concoction was invented by Torani, the San Francisco-based syrup company. Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre were the first to create the term “Italian soda” in 1925.
So, what’s the secret to this delicious drink? The key ingredient is, of course, the flavored syrup. You can find a variety of syrups on the market, ranging from classic flavors like strawberry and chocolate to more unique options like lavender and almond.
Once you’ve chosen your syrup, simply add a few pumps to a glass of club soda and enjoy. If you’re feeling fancy, you can top it off with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Buon appetito!
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own syrup, you can use syrup from the store. Torani syrup works perfectly!
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These sodas are the perfect summer drink. Now let’s make some!
Italian Soda Video Recipe:
How To Make Italian Sodas
These are easy drinks to make using seltzer water, a bit of heavy cream, and sweet syrups. Use different flavors to create your own fun drink!
The full recipe is in the recipe card below.
- Flavored Syrup – This can be homemade or already made like Torani. There are a variety of flavors that you can use!
- Cream – Half and half, heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream all work well.
- Sparkling Water – Club soda or seltzer waterworks. If you have a soda maker that works really well too. Any type of carbonated water is good.
Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the syrup. Add more syrup for extra flavor.
Add the soda water over the top.
Next, pour in the cream and then give it a stir. This will make a delicious creamy drink.
Garnish with fresh berries.
Homemade Italian Soda Syrup
Homemade Italian soda syrup is simple syrup. You can make any flavor you want using sugar, whatever, and fresh seasonal fruit or spices. Homemade syrups are pretty easy to make too!
I store them in these inexpensive glass bottles and they work perfectly.
- Granulated Sugar – This is used to sweeten the syrup.
- Water – Used to dilute the sugar and create a syrup.
- Berries – We used fresh strawberries and blueberries. Raspberries would be great too.
To make the homemade syrup add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of berries (your choice) into a saucepan.
On medium heat, allow the sugar to dissolve into the water. Add in the berries and continue to simmer for at least 10 minutes until the berries are soft.
Remove from the heat and let the syrup sit for another 5 minutes. Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve – keep the juice and discard the berries.
Let the mixture cool before using. It will stay fresh for a few days in the fridge.
Tips For This Italian Soda Recipe
- Let the simple syrup cool before mixing in.
- Use the freshest fruit available.
- Use a generous amount of ice.
- Garnish with berries.
- You can use whole milk for these sodas too.
- Add an extra splash of cream if you prefer.
Italian Soda Flavors
The flavor combinations are endless when making an Italian soda with cream! You can mix flavors together to create your own delicious combinations. Here are some of the best italian soda flavors:
- Cranberry – Would be great with our cranberry simple syrup and for a holiday party.
Different Types of Sparkling Water You Can Use
Soda Water – Carbonated water that contains no sodium. It is often used in place of regular water or soda
Mineral water – contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium. It is often used in place of regular water or soda.
Club soda – Club soda is carbonated water that contains sodium. It is often used in place of regular water or soda.
Seltzer Water – carbonated water that contains no sodium. It is often used in place of regular water or soda
Favorite Italian Soda Flavor Combinations
Try any of these syrup flavors! There are our favorite flavors and combinations:
Pear and Vanilla – Nothing better than a pear and vanilla combo.
Lavender and Peaches – The perfect summer combination.
Caramel and Cinnamon – Another favorite and great year-round.
Cherry and Lime – Make this when cherries are in season. You can also do raspberry syrup.
Pineapple and Coconut – A pina colada version!
Rosemary and Cranberry – Great for the holidays.
Non-Dairy Italian Soda Recipe
For a non-dairy Italian soda, use coconut cream or a non-dairy heavy cream alternative to replace the cream.
How to Make an Italian Soda Bar
Making an Italian soda bar is a great way to entertain guests or enjoy a refreshing treat on a hot day. All you need is a selection of flavored syrups, club soda, and ice. You can also add some additional toppings like whipped cream, fruit slices, or chocolate chips.
To set up your Italian soda bar, start by placing the flavored syrups in individual bowls. Then, set out a pitcher of club soda and some glasses. Add ice to the glasses and place them on a tray. Finally, put out any toppings you want to offer.
Invite your guests to choose their favorite syrup and add a few pumps to their glass. Then, they can top off their drink with club soda and add any toppings they like.
Sugar Free Options
There are sugar-free options for Italian soda. You can find sugar-free syrups at most grocery stores. When choosing a sugar-free syrup, make sure to check the label to see if it is also gluten-free.
A garnish is typically a fruit slice, candy, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or whipped cream. Here some more ideas:
When to Serve Italian Sodas
These festive drinks are perfect for many occasions! Create an Italian soda bar where guests can make their own sodas and mix flavors. Here are some occasions you can serve Italian sodas:
Frequently Asked Questions
An Italian soda is a soft drink made from carbonated water, cream, and flavored simple syrup.
Flavors can be fruit, herbs, or spices. The flavors are inspired by desserts or other beverages such as amaretto or chocolate.
The soda is a mixture of cream, sparkling water, and whatever flavor syrup you want to use. If you’ve had a cream popsicle, it tastes like that. It’s sweetened with a creamy flavor and carbonation from the sparkling water.
Italian sodas are made with syrup, carbonated water, and cream. They do not contain caffeine like regular sodas and they are freshly made. They also look different with the cream and you can make as many flavors as you want.
What cream should I use to make an Italian Soda?
There are a few different types of cream you can use to make Italian sodas, but the most popular option is heavy cream. You can also use half and half and if you’re looking for a lighter option, you can use milk instead.
How much does it cost to make an Italian soda?
The cost of making an Italian soda will vary depending on the ingredients you use. However, the average cost is around $0.50-$0.75 per drink.
What do you serve Italian Sodas in?
This refreshing drink is typically served in a tall glass with ice. You can also garnish your drink with fruit slices, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.
Is this a gluten free recipe?
Yes, Italian soda is a gluten-free recipe.
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- 2 ounces syrup, homemade blueberry or strawberry syrup
- 3 ounces club soda, any sparkling water
- 1 ounce cream, heavy cream or half and half
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour 1/4 part syrup over the ice.
- Add in the club soda.
- Pour in a small amount of cream and stir.