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Italian Cream Soda » Simple and Healthy Recipe! ✅

Swap cocktails for mocktails with this boy friend italian cream soda! Layers of your favorite flavored syrup, soda, crushed ice and cream create a lightly sweetened fizzy drink that will appeal to all ages.

I love the sparkling sensation with every sip, the syrupy sweetness, what not to love?! What I love even more is knowing how to make a delicious soda at home, with the flavor of all my favorite fruits.

italian soft drinkor better italian cream soda and sometimes even French Soda, has been around for centuries in Italy. Made without syrup, they practically started the trend for flavored sodas. But now they’re starting to trend even more with the Dirty Soda and Dirty Shirley craze!

What is in this article?

  • Summary
  • The Original Dirty Soda
  • Italian soft drink vs. italian cream soda
  • How to make fruit syrup
  • Italian Cream Soda Flavors
  • How to make italian cream drink
  • how to customize
  • Continue
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  • italian cream soda


  • Italian soft drink vs. italian cream soda
  • How to make fruit syrup
  • Italian Cream Soda Flavors
  • How to make italian cream drink
  • how to customize
  • Continue
  • More fun drink recipes:

The Original Dirty Soda

Dirty drinks are basically flavored drinks. They are mostly seen in Utah, with a high Mormon population, who do not consume alcohol or hot beverages containing caffeine. Beverage shops offer a wide variety of basic soft drinks, syrups and other add-ons, from colas to mineral water.

It’s like a live version of one of those coke machines with all the buttons so you can build your own. But you don’t have to go to a store, or Utah for that matter, to buy one. Homemade Italian Cream Soda can be yours with just 10 simple ingredients.

Flavored with fruit syrups that you can buy, or easily make yourself, sparkling water and cream is a sweet drink worthy of a special occasion or just a hot summer day.

Italian soft drink vs. italian cream soda

Before we get into the fun details of how to do it… what exactly are we doing? While the differences in making Italian or Italian soda recipe cream the soft drink recipe is subtle, the difference in flavor and texture is enormous.

Both are a combination of flavored syrup, soda or carbonated water, and ice. The difference is all in the cream. Many use a fruit flavoring, but vanilla, walnut, and more are also suitable. Torani syrups produce more than you can imagine for this special drink.

With a light touch of cream or half and half and a generous amount of sweetened whipped cream, Italian soda is transformed. It turns into a creamy, fizzy drink that will blow your mind and rivals any dirty soda or Italian soda bar.

How to make fruit syrup

Homemade or to buy? The key component of the Italian cream drink is the aromatic base. Of course, you can buy flavored fruit syrups, but sometimes they are hard to find in the store and have to be ordered.

Or you can create your own! The process is so simple that I usually go the homemade route. Here’s how to make your own:

  1. Make a rich simple syrup by combining 1 part water with 2 parts sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. (1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar)
  2. Heat until all the sugar has dissolved and you have a liquid syrup.
  3. Add ¼ cup of fruit to the bottom of a pint jar, or any heat-resistant container, and pour the syrup over it.
  4. Seal, shake and leave to infuse. In a few hours (or more if you want it stronger), you have homemade fruit syrup.

Pro Tips: Don’t boil the syrup or it will shrink and become too thick to mix with your drink. If you wish, you can also add a few drops of food coloring to increase the color of homemade syrups.

Just pick the fruit and start making those gorgeous mocktails! The syrup keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge, so it’s worth it! Italian soda for days!

Italian Cream Soda Flavors

The flavors you choose for your Italian sodas are up to you, but these are some of my favorites. I also like to accompany them with fresh fruit. The flavor possibilities are endless!

  • Berry – Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry or blueberry are all delicious and have a fantastic color!
  • stone fruit – These syrups are delicious! The peach and apricot will be a light color, while the plum and cherry will be fantastic and beautiful.
  • Citric fruits – These syrups may not have a lot of color, but they are very good, especially when combined with other flavors.

Once you have the syrup(s) on hand, the process of making the cream soda is super easy! You can choose to combine more than one syrup or bring out a beautiful fruity flavor.

How to make italian cream drink

This Italian cream soda recipe is so easy: it will be your new special surprise.

  1. Fill the glass almost completely with ice.
  2. Pour the syrup, 3 or 4 tablespoons are enough.
  1. Pour club soda, club soda, regular soda, or any type of carbonated drink over ice, leaving a small space at the top.
  2. Top with whipped cream or half and half and finish with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with your favorite fresh fruit. The fruit does not have to match the flavor of the syrup.

Many recipes add the syrup after the soda, but I didn’t find any difference in flavor and preferred the nuanced look you get from adding the soda after. Either way, your soda will be delicious!

Pro Tip: Club soda is easy bubbly and neutral in flavor, but I’ve also seen Italian sodas made with sparkling water. You can also make flavored sparkling water to top off your syrup.

how to customize

Homemade Italian Soda is just so much fun to play with and customize to your liking.

  • Play with syrup combos. For more flavor, slowly pour in syrup after syrup and make your drink however you like. I made a combination of blueberries and peaches that was delicious!
  • Fruit syrups are my favorite, but try another flavor like hazelnut either vanilla syrups
  • Use half and half instead of cream to lighten things up or just use whipped cream.
  • Use less ice to really see the colors get lighter as you go up.
  • increase or decreasethe syrup for a stronger or more delicate non-alcoholic cocktail.
  • complete with a maraschino cherry for a traditional look, or choose a fruit you’ve flavored a soda with for a beautiful and appropriate finish.
  • Add a ball of frozen for an Italian soda ice cream float.

That is all! Aren’t these Italian cream sodas the cutest kids’ cocktails you’ll ever see? So along Shirley Temple you have some competition.

You can also organize all these elements and make a refreshment bar for parties and events.


While soda or sparkling water will lose some of its fizz, I found we were able to make it an hour ahead of time and store it in the fridge with no problem!

Once ready to drink, make sure to mix well, to mix all the cream and syrup. So enjoy drinking or drinking, whichever suits you best.

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italian cream soda

Creamy and sparkling homemade Italian Cream Soda is a fun and flavorful drink to enjoy with the whole family. So EASY to make and delicious to drink! Prep Time5 minTotal Time5 min Course: BeveragesCuisine: ItalianKeyword: cream soda, Italian cream soda, Italian soda Servings: 2 Calories: 288kcal Author: Mikayla Marin Cook ModePrevent screen from dimming

  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • 6-8 tablespoons of fruit syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of cream
  • 4 tablespoons of whipped cream
  • Fill a tall glass with ¾ cup of ice, or until the glass is almost full of ice.
  • Pour in the syrup.
  • Pour in the club soda.
  • Complete with whipped cream and/or whipped cream.
  • Stir and enjoy your food!
  • If you have tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it went in the comments or ratings.

Calories: 288kcal | Carbs: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 503IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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