Butter, with a side of Bread // Easy family recipes and reviews.: HOMEMADE ITALIAN CREAM SODAS

Friday, November 23, 2012

HOMEMADE ITALIAN CREAM SODAS


Homemade Italian Cream Sodas: Butter with a Side of Bread


Holiday food is great and all but a fun tradition we have is to make specialty drinks, particularly for New Year's. Italian Cream Sodas are a favorite of mine but they are so overpriced at restaurants I tend to not order them often. Did you know that you can make your own for a fraction of the price? Seriously! They're super tasty and I love how they look. Aren't they so festive and pretty?! They are indeed.

Homemade Italian Cream Sodas: Butter with a Side of Bread

Italian Cream Sodas

What you'll need:

  • Club Soda
  • Half & Half
  • Torani Syrups
  • Ice

To make one Italian Cream Soda, you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup Club Soda
  • 3 TBSP Torani Syrup {our favorite combo was Raspberry Vanilla- 2 TBSP Raspberry to 1 TBSP Vanilla}
  • 1 TBSP Half & Half
  • 3 ice cubes
  • whipped cream and a cherry for the top!

Add ice cubes to glasses. Measure out about 1/2 cup Club Soda  and pour into each glass. {If you have larger glasses, you can double all of the ingredients.}

Homemade Italian Cream Sodas: Butter with a Side of Bread

Measure out 3 TBSP Torani syrup. You can find this type of syrup in the coffee section at just about any grocery store. I found vanilla everywhere but had a hard time finding any fruity flavors. I finally found Raspberry at Walmart. The bottles cost about $3.50 each and will make about 12-14 of the drinks at least. 

Our favorite combo was a mix of vanilla and raspberry as detailed above. Yum. 

Add the syrup to the soda. Just before serving add the 1 TBSP of Half & Half to the soda/ syrup mixture. This is the fun part- as the cream seeps down it makes a really cool design on the glass. Try and not shake the glasses around too much so that the design is preserved- serve with whipped cream and a cherry on top, as well as something to stir with prior to drinking. It's fun to admire the cool swirls of the syrup and cream, but encourage everyone to give it a little stir before drinking so that all the flavors meld. 

ENJOY!
Homemade Italian Cream Sodas: Butter with a Side of Bread


68 comments:

  1. Yum !!!! This looks and sounds totally cool !!! I'm sure finding half the stuff u mentioned above is going to be literally impossible here in India ... But well I'm sure I can substitute it with something else!! But hey, thanks for the recipe !

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    1. you can go on the web site of Torani, they have a mail order.....

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    2. Mix milk & cream together (1/2 & 1/2) as a a substitute

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    3. Everything was found for me locally at target and world market for the syrup actually :) it's yummy!

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  2. You can get the syrups at a restaurant supply kind of store (like Orson Gygi in the Salt Lake City area) and they have a bazillion favors!

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  3. These look so fun that I featured them over @ Feed Your Soul on my Friday Five - http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/11/friday-five.html

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  4. there is a chance no one will answer my question, but please do. :-)

    can you taste the club soda?

    i don't like it elsewhere..so..
    but these look so yummy! :-)

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    1. I use ginger ale instead of the club soda and they are so good that way...

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    2. I don't care for club-soda, either, but this was soooo good! I made a quart jar of this and drank it on a hot day last summer! I could have made another and drank it, too!!!

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    3. I don't care for club-soda, either, but I made a quart of this and ended up drinking the whole thing, one hot day last summer! I could have drank another one, but alas...stopped on that one! Loved it!!!

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    4. I've always used Sprite and lots of ice.

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    5. Honestly you can't taste the club soda AT ALLyou can feel the bubbleness like you can when drinking pop but with the half & half & the sweetness from the syrup flavors u can't taste the club soda. Peaches & cream is super yummy! U make it the same way just use peach syrup instead.

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    6. Cranberry Gingerale is really refreshing.

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    7. They are delicious with
      Cream soda













      they are delicious with cream soda instead of club soda!

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    8. Will def be making these ALL summer!!! Ty 4 sharing!

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  5. Fie- the bitterness of the club soda is completely overshadowed by the sweet syrup and cream. However, if you're super concerned, you can use 7-Up instead, just beware that it might result in a MUCH sweeter drink.

    Try the Club Soda- it's super cheap and I think you'll like it!

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  6. And THANK YOU Peter- I left a comment on your feature! I appreciate you sharing it on your blog!

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  7. @Fie You taste the flavor of the syrup. The club soda is to give you the fizz. My daughter likes Caramel cream sodas this way.

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  8. I makes these all the time, but I prefer it with 7-up. I also use just plain milk in a pinch. If you have a Dollar Tree in your area they often carry Vanilla syrup. Same size bottle but only $1 YAY!

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  9. Love cherry cream sodas but the raspberry-vanilla sounds great. Thank you for the recipe.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

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  10. I don't think I have ever had a cream soda, but now I must. I love your photos, they drew me in!

    I found you from Mommy's Sweet Confession link party. I am now following your facebook and pinterest!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  11. WOW!!! These look awesome! Even if its cold and rainy out I want one :-)

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  12. This looks super yummy! I need one now =D

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  13. We love making these! Your photos absolutely drew me in and I had to come and see them. Yum!

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  14. I want to make these as a big party drink. Can I mix it in a pitcher but then top it with the half & half to get the effect?

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  15. YUM! I definitely need to try these. This version looks nice and festive for the holidays!

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  16. If you have a Soda Stream, it is perfect for these. That is why I purchased it. These looks amazing! I am also looking in to making my own syrups. My favorite is a Vanilla cream Italian Soda. There's a bit of information about recipes and such if you look on the web.

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  17. Cost Plus/World Market carries a TON of Torani syrups!

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  18. Wow that looks amazing! So annoyed I have everything except the cream :/

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  19. Just tried this tonight with the family. We love getting Italian sodas at a local Italian deli. So fun to have the proportions to make them at home. They were a bit more mild than those at the deli, but definitely good. My son wants me to make them every night. Thanks!

    MJ (www.ahappysong.com)

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  20. @Things for Boys- grab your keys, run to the store- you NEED the cream!!

    MJ- that's the beauty of these, now that you've tried them once, next time you can make adjustments to your liking!

    SO glad so many others are enjoying them!!

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  21. So yummy looking and gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try them! Have a great day!
    P.S. New follower!

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  22. These look so fun and delicious! We love doing italian sodas at our house and for parties. They are always a huge hit!
    I'd love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party!
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-2/

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  23. Hello Jessica! Your picture here landed on one of my Pinterest pages, and I must say, the minute I saw this delicious drink, I was sold! I am in the process of gathering some yummy recipes like this, and would love to feature this in my magazine... please shoot me an email if interested. I'd love to make one myself, and add your website and a little about "you" spot on it!
    amplifywithoutlimits@gmail.com

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  24. WOW!! These look absolutely wonderful!! Pinning ...thanks for sharing! :)

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  25. Delish!! Thanks for linking this up...featuring it tomorrow on 'Or so she says...'!! (www.oneshetwoshe.com)

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  26. That looks so good! Great pic, New GFC follower and FB liker :)

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  27. I Pinned this one...it looks fantabulous! I'm thinking of trying Midori or another fruity liqueur instead of the Torani, just to jazz it up for adults. ;)

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  28. I LOVE those glasses! Would love to know where you purchased them. Are they just stemless champagne flutes? They look taller than any I've seen. Thanks!

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  29. I just saw this on pinterest and I couldn't resist coming over to see the recipe. This is so pretty and festive, and it looks delish!!! Of course I'll have to repin this one.

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  30. YUM! These look great and I'm heading to the store right now so I can make these for my family with tonight Valentine's Day dinner. Thanks! :) Clydia

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  31. This is such a great recipe! I featured it on my blog today! feel free to go check it out! http://littlebitsofeverythingqce.blogspot.com/2013/04/pinned-it-friday-haley-edition_19.html

    thanks for sharing!

    -Haley

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  32. Prettier than any I have ever made. You captured it beautifully too.

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  33. Hey everyone, can anyone tell me if u could add any kind of alcohol? And if yes what kind and how much :) Thanks!

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  34. It looks delicious. Have to try it. Yummy.
    Thanks for sharing

    Kathy Worsey

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  35. If you have a "World Market" near you, they have every flavor of Torani syrups including the fruit ones.

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  36. I made it using Perrier, sugar free raspberry syrup and almond milk - no whipped cream (I have lactose intolerant kids. It was not too sweet-just perfect, tasted like a healthy version of pop.

    Because I used almond milk instead of cream which is much thinner, I didn't get the pretty effect as pictured but it tasted really good. The perfect hot day treat without all the sugar.

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  37. I made my syrups w/a packet of cherry kool-aid, 1/4 cup water & 6 tbspns of sugar or to taste..It's cheaper way to go and u can use/make any flavor you want :)

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  38. This looks so refreshing. Your photography is just wonderful.Thanks for the recipe, and thank you to the other commenters for excellent ideas.

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  39. http://www.torani.com/ you can also order them online if you cant find the syrup in your area

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  40. I just made these tonight! Had a hard time finding flavors even in our markets out west but then remembered that Cost Plus carries pretty much every flavor for $7.99 in huge bottles. I also found a few flavors in the smaller, picnic sized bottles in the Picnic bins if you just want to try smaller amounts. YUM!

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  41. After one of my dad's friends local coffee shop closed due to the fact of starting a family, I couldn't find the blackberry vanilla Italian soda she made anywhere. Tried this recipe and it was spot on, I used blackberry instead of raspberry, and the half and half was exactly what she did also. Always so cool. Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. Mmmm- Blackberry sounds fantastic! :) So glad you enjoyed it!

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  42. Orange and vanilla tastes just like a cream sickle!

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  43. My mum and I want to create a blogging site much like this for our web site, I stumbled across your website looking to get ideas on the theme as well as layout. I am taking some html coding class while attending college and not sure if I would have the capacity to create a blog such as this one just yet. Did you code this site by yourself or employ a professional?
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  44. Looks delish! I can't wait to try it!

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  45. I just made these for my kids as their New Year's Eve drink. They're delicious! You can't taste the club soda at all. I'm gonna have to stock up on syrups because I think they're going to be the new favorite drink around here!

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  46. These are great. My girlfriend and I loved it. I just flavored soda instead messing around with the syrups.

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  47. It looks delicious...Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I am going to try this one

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  48. Oh sweet I've never tried it this way. Thanks for sharing it here

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  49. You can buy raspberry syrup at starbucks. It's $12.95 for a liter... way less than you can find elsewhere.

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