Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Italian Cream Soda

Have you jumped on the cream soda bandwagon?  As in Italian Cream Soda?  One of my very best friends in the whole wide world introduced me to homemade Italian Cream Sodas.  In fact, she gifted me all the supplies for Christmas.  Which was a way awesome gift if you ask me!  And my family has embraced the cream soda tradition wholeheartedly.  They are very simple and fun to individualize.

This is what you will need:

flavored syrup (Torani or DaVinci--whatever flavor you like best.  And let me tell you, there are hundreds of flavors!)
club soda or Sprite or 7-UP
whipping cream
crushed ice
a drinking glass
a fun stripey straw (optional)

Fill your glass with crushed ice.  Add 8 oz of club soda.

Top with 2 tablespoons of your favorite syrup.  I love how the color looks in the glass.  For this occasion, we chose raspberry...

...but the syrup options are endless.  Some of our favorites are orange (tastes just like a creamsicle!), raspberry, and strawberry.  But we have been known to mix flavors as well...blackberry peach comes to mind!  You could stop right there and you would have a wonderful Italian soda.  But why would you want to, when you could have a cream soda?  All you have to do is top your drink with a tablespoon of whipping cream and stir it in.  If you want to get all "fancy nancy", you could whip your cream first and dollop it on top of the soda.  Like so.

Yum.  That's it!

Italian sodas make everything more fun.  They take lunch from ho-hum to fabulous.  Or pizza night from pretty good to "holy cow" kind of good!  And they are a BIG hit with the teenage crowd.  Are you having a bunch of teens over for movie night this weekend?  Serve Italian sodas--they will love you!

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