Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Italian Sodas

Did you think I had forgotten to tell you how to make the perfect Italian soda?

Well I didn't!

These are such a fun thing to make. I think you could have a party with just these and appetizers or you could do it as part of a party like my Paninis and Pop Party!

These tend to be very sweet so most people can usually only drink 1-2 drinks.

The hardest part of making Italian sodas is simply finding the syrups. I recommend Torani syrups that you can find at some grocery stores and some flavors at World Market or  all flavors directly from their website. There are also sugar free options online and in most stores as well.

You can also find other brands and similar syrups (and a lot more variety) at a lot of liquor stores (like Spec's). The drink mixers section (usually near the alcohol or the coffee section) at the grocery store might also carry a limited few flavors. 



Italian Sodas
The Apron Gal

Ingredients
Ice
Bottles of flavored syrup like Torani syrups. Flavors of your choice:
Raspberry, Peach, Pomegranate, Lime, Strawberry, Pineapple, Coconut, etc.
Club Soda or sparkling water (flavors optional)
Half & Half


Directions

Fill small glass 1/2 full of ice. Add 1/2 cup club soda or sparkling water. Add 1.5-2 tablespoons syrup flavors of your choice (test ratios to your liking before serving a large group). Add 1/2 tablespoon half and half and stir well. Garnish with straw and lemon/lime or orange slices.

For larger glasses (as pictured on the right above) double the recipe. 

Contents may settle so prepare a la minute!

My Favorite Flavor Combinations:
-Pia Colada (75% Pineapple and 25% Coconut syrup)
-Raspberry Lime (Raspberry Syrup with Lime flavored sparkling water or Lime Syrup)
-Raspberry Peach (50% Raspberry and 50% Peach syrup)
other great combinations listed here

The possibilities are endless! What is your favorite Italian soda flavor combination?

Enjoy!
 

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