3 Italian Soda Recipe Ideas for Summer

italian soda recipeAre you planning a summer party or making dinner for a date? These Italian soda recipes are just what you need to make a splash. They are a very popular drink that can be found at many restaurants and coffee shops around the country. This drink may be called an Italian soda; however it originated here in the United States. There are a few different versions of this recipe you can make. Select your favorite Italian soda recipe from the three below to try at your next event. It will have your guests coming back for more!

Syrup Options

One of the most important parts of an Italian soda recipe is the syrup. There are many different flavors you can choose from. You can even add multiple syrups to create combination drinks like cherry vanilla. You have a couple of options when it comes to adding the syrup to your drink. First you can purchase syrup at your local grocery store in the coffee isle. It is important to know that not all syrups are the same. Some are a higher quality and taste better.  This is an important part of your drink so you want to select quality syrup. You may even have to try a couple before you find your favorite kind. Just don’t plan to skimp when it comes to purchasing your syrup. Paying a higher price could indicate better, higher quality, syrup.

The second option you have when it comes to syrup is to make your own. This may be the best option for truly delicious syrup. If you have a strict diet, making it yourself allows you to be in control of what ingredients go into it. If you are feeling adventurous enough to try and make your own syrup here is how it is done.

Blueberry Syrup Recipe

This recipe can be substituted with other fresh fruit. Pick your favorite fruit to create an Italian soda recipe with that flavor of syrup. This recipe makes about 3 cups of syrup, which is enough for about 12 drinks.

Ingredients

  • About 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 7 ounces sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime

Add blueberries and water together in a medium sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer on low for 15 minutes once it has reached boiling. After 15 minutes pour berries over a colander lined with cheese cloth or a small strainer. Squeeze all remaining liquid out if using cheesecloth.  Throw away any pulp left from the berries. Pour the blueberry mixture back into the saucepan and add in the sugar and lime juice. Stir on medium-high heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Cook for 2 minutes at a boil. Remove it from the heat and pour it into a glass container. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator. Your homemade blueberry syrup is complete!

Red Raspberry Italian Soda

This simplistic Italian soda recipe is perfect for a hot summer day. It is easy to make and only involves three ingredients. This recipe uses store bought syrup but it could be replaced with homemade syrup.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP of red raspberry syrup
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • Ice (You could use crushed ice if you prefer)

This recipe makes one glass. Fill your glass with ice and add the 1 cup sparkling water. Then add in the 2 TBSP of red raspberry syrup. (Store bought or homemade, depending on what you prefer) Once all the ingredients are in the glass give it a good stir. Then sit back and enjoy your cool beverage in the shade.

Strawberry Italian Cream Soda

This Italian soda recipe has a couple of extra steps that are well worth it. If you are looking for a bubbly, creamy, delight, this is the drink for you.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • ¼ cup homemade strawberry syrup (You could substitute for store bought syrup)
  • Half & Half
  • Sparkling water or club soda

To create this drink, place your ice cubes in the glass and then pour ¼ cup of strawberry syrup in. Next, pour in ¼ cup half & half. Finally add in a few splashes of sparkling water or club soda. You could pour in the sparkling water first and then float the half & half on top as another option. Then mix it in right before you drink it.

American-Style Italian Soda

This is another fun twist on the standard Italian soda recipe. This recipe will create a cool, bubbly, treat with a touch of smooth cream on top. It’s a perfect drink for your next party. Not only does it taste good, it looks good too!

Ingredients

  • Ice, crushed
  • 1 TBSP of your choice of syrup
  • ½ cup sparkling water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Fruit for garnish depending on the flavor of syrup you choose

Place your crushed ice in a tall glass and add 1 TBSP of your favorite syrup. Then add in ½ cup of sparkling water slowly. Finally top it with whipped cream. Place a couple of berries on top of the whipped cream for decoration. Add a stir stick or straw so that guests can mix up the drink on their own and enjoy a regular Italian soda or an Italian cream soda.

Try out a wonderful Italian soda recipe at your next party to really wow your guests. Impress them even more by making your own homemade syrup. You can even substitute or add in some adult beverages for the grown-ups at your party. Learn how to make a few amazing cocktails that you can build on. Have some fun by creating a whole drink station. You can even put a few different syrup flavors out and let guests mix their own Italian sodas.

Don’t forget to have some wonderful tasting food to go with your amazing Italian soda recipe. Make your gluten free friends feel at home with some homemade gluten free bread. Another great food item to go with your drink station is cookies. Impress your friends with a beautiful arrangement of tasty cookies for them to eat.

That should wrap up your party food and drinks. Now you will just have to get on to the decorations! Why not grab yourself a nice cool Italian soda to drink while you plan it all out?