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Italian Sodas and a Virtual Baby Shower

by Laura

Baby Shower for Aggie

Today, I am taking part in a virtual baby shower for my blogging friend Aggie from Aggies Kitchen. She is expecting a boy on September 30th! We have become friends through blogging and being a part of Bush’s Team Bean. I am thrilled to be able to participate in a virtual shower for her and include all of you.

The theme for the shower is Italian so we have put together an assortment of recipes for appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, salads, entrees and desserts.  To see the other recipes and blogs involved check out the bottom of the post. I am sharing a recipe for a non-alcoholic drink – Italian Sodas.

I first had an Italian soda when I went to a family Christmas party.

My aunt is an awesome party person and had an Italian themed dinner for us. The food was amazing and she also served Italian sodas along with the meal. I was hooked on them once I tried them. Who would have thought a simple drink could be so enticing.

An Italian soda consists of 2 main ingredients – carbonated water and flavored syrup (preferably fruit ones). Traditional fruit flavors are strawberry, cherry, peach, and raspberry. You can “up the ante” and make an Italian cream soda by adding a splash of cream or half and half. You can get even crazier and top it with some whipped cream! This is my favorite way to have them.

Italian Cream Soda | realmomkitchen.com

For the carbonated water, you can use club soda, seltzer water,  sparkling water, etc. Basically you want something that is clear and carbonated with no added flavoring.

For syrups, I personally use Torani Syrup.

You can usually find some flavors of these types of syrups in the grocery store or  Sam’s and Costco on the coffee isle. World Market is another place to pick them up.

However, online is a great option for more variety of flavor.  DaVinic Gourmet brand (can find from Amazon)and Stasero (at Orson Gygi) are some other known brands. You can also buy pump dispensers for your bottles and some brand do carry sugar free syrups for those that need it.

The for the ice, in my opinion it’s gotta be pebble ice. Some stores carry it but you can also pick it up at Sonic Drive Ins, they will sell you some by the bag. If not just pick a smaller pieced ice to use.

This is a fun way to get any gathering started.

Everyone can make their own drink and have fun while doing it. You can also mix flavorings. Strawberry with coconut or raspberry with peach are some great combinations.

Be sure to serve them in clear cups – you want to see everything in the drink. And don’t forget to include some fun straws. You gotta sip your Italian soda with a straw!

Italian Sodas | realmomkitchen.com

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Italian Sodas | realmomkitchen.com

Italian Sodas


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Ingredients

  • 12 oz. sized clear drinking cups
  • flavored syrups
  • ice (I prefer pebble ice)
  • chilled sparkling water (or other clear and non-flavored carbonated water)
  • straws
  • whipping cream or half and half, optional
  • Reddi Whip, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add 2-4 Tbsp of flavored syrup to each cup.
  2. Fill each cup 1/2 to 2/3 with ice.
  3. Then fill the glass with sparkling water.
  4. If you want an italian cream soda, add about 1 tbsp cream and top with Reddi Whip if desired for garnish.
  5. Serve drinks with straws.
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Nora Berlin November 2, 2014 - 4:01 pm

I remember drinking these in Calabria during summers-the cream almost had a Cool Whip like flavor, with a touch of almond. They were super refreshing so thanks for posting this!! Nora

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Nora Berlin November 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm

These are delicious, I remember drinking them in Calabria in the summers…the whipped cream almost tasted like Cool Whip, it had a hint of vanilla in them and the sodas were so refreshing! Thanks for posting this!

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Deborah August 30, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Love this! Perfect for a baby shower!

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leslie August 30, 2013 - 6:15 am

I have never had Italian Soads! They sound delightful!!!!

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Aggie August 29, 2013 - 11:12 am

Oh Laura I love these! Italian sodas remind me of when I lived in NY! I wish I had one right now 🙂

Thank you so much for being part of my sweet surprise, I appreciate all the well wishes!! Miss you! xo

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TidyMom August 29, 2013 - 7:00 am

I had no idea how easy Italian Sodas were to make!! perfect for a shower Laura!

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 27, 2013 - 9:24 pm

I’m pretty sure I would make these with both cream and whipped cream 😉

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 26, 2013 - 6:51 pm

These sound so good and refreshing! Thank you so much for participating!

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Cookin Canuck August 26, 2013 - 5:49 pm

It’s such a great idea to lay out a selection of syrups and soda for a party, then let everyone make their own drink. This is perfect for a baby shower!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles August 26, 2013 - 4:10 pm

I’ve never made Italian sodas, but your post makes me think I should have these ingredients on hand – my kids would love to make them! So perfect for Aggie’s baby shower!

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Suzanne August 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm

I love the layered look of these drinks! Such an impressive presentation.

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Love these!!! The flavors and colors are so inviting!!!

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Sandy @ RE August 26, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Hi, Laura! Aggie would LOVE these drinks at her shower! I wish we could all be together IRL. Thanks for participating and I think about you and your family often! 🙂

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Trish Butler August 26, 2013 - 11:33 am

I love the Torani syrups. The sugar free ones taste just as good as the regular ones. If you kid likes soda pop, this is a great alternative.

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JulieD August 26, 2013 - 8:51 am

How perfect!! I love this and know Aggie would love this! So glad you joined in!! 🙂

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Italian Sodas? Yum! It’s so fun to be a part of this event with you!

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