Friday, August 31, 2012

Berry Italian Sodas


 
I absolutely love Italian sodas, with cream of course.  You can make your own syrup or buy it to save time.  I couldn't find any syrup at our local store, so I made a berry syrup from frozen (and thawed)mixed berries.
 
Here is what you will need:
 
Homemade or Store Bought Syrup
Club Soda
Cream (I used half & half)
Ice and Straw (optional)
 
Syrup Ingredients:
1 C Berries of Choice
1 C Water
1 C Sugar
 
Directions for making homemade berry syrup:
Boil the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved.  Add in the berries, and boil for 10 minutes.  Simmer for 5-10 more minutes.  Try not to let the syrup become too thick.  Strain the berries out, letting the syrup drip into a bowl.  Allow the syrup to cool before making soda.  The extra syrup will stay fresh for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.
 


 
 
Directions for making Italian soda:
Fill a pretty glass with ice :)
Pour as much syrup in as you like.  I usually do about 2 tbsp per 16 oz.
Pour soda in leaving space for optional cream.
Top with a little or a lot of cream.
Add a straw, stir, and enjoy.
 
 
Stay tuned for a chai Italian soda with a homemade chai syrup!
 
 
before I added the cream 
 
 
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