How To Make Italian Sodas


Easy Homemade Italian Soda Recipe - How to Make

Let’s talk about how to make Italian sodas. They are delicious fizzy and fruity, and best of all, creamy. They are the perfect refreshing drink.

How To Make Italian Sodas

I’m so very excited about these Italian sodas. They’re maybe the prettiest thing I’ve made in quite some time, and my favorite part about this recipe is that it’s an idea-based recipe. You can apply the ratios below to any fruit and be met with delicious results. And seriously how gorgeous are the colors? I LOVE THEM!

If you’ve never had an Italian soda, they’re so rich and refreshing all at the same time. You may have had one using Torani syrup–they’re unfortunately super sweet filled with a bunch of additives that aren’t fun. These are way more natural. I decided on three flavors: rhubarb, blackberry and strawberry, but feel free to use up any fruit that cooks down well. Other fruit ideas are pineapple, blueberries, mulberries (they just came in season!) and even mangos. If you like, you can add a scoop of ice cream instead of half and half.

How is Italian Soda Different?

Italian sodas are unique because they consist of three parts: flavored fruity syrups, club soda or sparkling water and half and half.

Most typical American sodas are just syrup and sparkling water or club soda.

Crushed ice takes these to over the top. That’s probably the one big change I would make with the recipe pictured. Go with crushed ice, if you can!

How To Make Italian Sodas

How to Make Italian Sodas |

What are the Best Italian Soda Flavors?

The best Italian soda flavors are fruit flavored sodas. I prefer the ones pictured here: rhubarb, blackberry and raspberry.

I love the idea of serving this at a party and making an Italian Soda Bar, allowing people to sort of assemble them as they see fit.

And the inevitable question that I asked myself, and you’ll probably ask, too, is: HOW CAN I INCORPORATE ALCOHOL IN THIS?

Easy: vodka. Or whiskey. I mean, have you ever had a White Russian? My mom would order them when I was a kid and I always thought they looked so good.

They might be the most 80s drink ever invented, but who cares—this would be the modern 2014 version.

Is there Caffeine in Italian Soda?

There could be caffeine in Italian sodas if you wanted to add a coffee syrup, but in these fruit-flavored Italian sodas there is zero caffeine. While these Italian sodas are caffeine-free they are definitely not sugar-free. The syrups need the granulated sugar in order to give it a lovely viscosity.

What Equipment Do You Need to Make an Italian Soda?

The best part about Italian sodas is that they’re so simple to make. With this recipe, all you need is a saucepan, a sieve or strainer and a spoon. Super simple.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe for How to Make Italian Sodas. If you make them, let me know on Instagram! 

How To Make Italian Sodas

Italian Soda Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 8 servings
Calories: 210kcal
This Italian Soda Recipe is made from fizzy water and natural homemade fruity syrups. Next, a bit of cream is added for a rich delicious addition.


Rhubarb Syrup:

  • 1 stalk of rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Blackberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Strawberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup diced strawberries, about 10 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Italian Soda Assembly:

  • Half & Half, or you can mix together 1 parts heavy cream and 1 parts milk
  • Sparkling water


  • To Make the Syrups:
  • To make any of the syrups, add the fruit, water and sugar to a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over moderately medium heat and bring to a light simmer; cover the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes or so. The syrup is ready when the fruit has softened and the color of the syrup has changed. Mash the fruit with the back of a fork and pour the syrup through a sieve. Set the syrup aside and allow it to cool to room temperature.

To Assemble the Italian Sodas:

  • To assemble the drink, pour 1/4 cup of syrup in a glass, pour 1/4 cup half & half and top with a few splashes of sparkling water. Repeat with remaining Italian sodas.


1. Use filtered water or bottled water for the syrups. I made a batch with unfiltered and oof, I could taste the terribleness.
2. This will absolutely work with frozen fruit, too!
3. If you live out of the U.S./Canada, you might have no idea what half & half is. You can make half & half by mixing together 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup milk.
Milk Alternatives:
Almond milk tastes great, if you're looking for a dairy alternative! Other milk alternatives that would work is light coconut milk, oat milk or soy milk.
Saucepan | SodaStream | Silicon Spatulas 
CuisineAmerican, Italian
Keywordhow to make italian soda, italian soda, italian soda flavors, italian soda recipe
Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 75g
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  • Reply Tracy Earley April 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    They look amazing! Now for the real question; where did you get those gold stirrers? Love them!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Oh it’s a gold spoon I got from West Elm!

      • Reply Tracy Earley April 24, 2014 at 3:34 am

        Thank you! I love them! I have some antique brass spoons…so that will work fine!

  • Reply Pooja April 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love #3 – you are so all-inclusive! 🙂

  • Reply Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home April 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    These look awesome! My mind is reeling with all the possibilities–raspberry, watermelon, blueberry… I could go on 🙂
    Can’t wait to try these!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am

    So so pretty, love the layers!

  • Reply jesse rae April 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

    i have a soda stream and have been looking for ways to create flavored sodas that aren’t too sweet or potent. Do you think these fruit syrups would be good topped only with the sparkling water?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Yes, totally. I actually saved the syrups (because I didn’t use them all when I made this post) and later on added sparkling water. And then, the next night I added a bit of bourbon to them. The syrups are multi-faceted!

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion April 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    OMG OMG, I tried Italian soda last year for the first time, and loooved it… I don’t know why I never tried to make it at home… Love this post

  • Reply aida mollenkamp April 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Oh, yes, I want one of each please!

  • Reply Giselle April 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I love how colorful the drinks are and the fact that they are naturally flavored 🙂

  • Reply Matt Robinson April 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

    We love Italian Sodas here and these look really amazing! Love all of the pictures.

  • Reply Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen April 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

    This is kinda weird, buuuut, I’ve always wished I could write my blog posts in bed. It just doesn’t work for me…..I think I get too comfortable and then I get distracted. I like sitting in my office at on a stool at the kitchen counter.

    I have not had an Italian soda in way too long. So pumped to make my own now!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Oooo…you know I only do it if it’s at night. During the day I sit at a desk. :/

  • Reply Christina @ but i'm hungry April 23, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I love Italian sodas, but haven’t had one in ages! Love the idea of making my own and customizing the flavors! Fun!

    Also, I totally always wonder, too, how other people write blog posts. I tell myself that it must be infinitely more glamorous than over here, where I’m constantly shooing little hands out of my photos and writing posts while scarfing lunch at nap time. Good to know I’m not alone in my lack of glamor! 😉

  • Reply Melene April 23, 2014 at 5:14 am

    How long does this keep if I wanted to prepare a batch in advance for a brunch get together? Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Well the syrups will keep for about a week. It’d definitely recommend mixing the Italian sodas either right before serving or allowing people to assemble their own.

      • Reply Melene April 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks very much for the helpful info!

  • Reply Belinda@themoonblushbaker April 23, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Yum! These look perfectly suit for any brunch party. these remind me of those ice cream spiders but easier.

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie April 23, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Beautiful!! I LOVE the idea of serving them at a party… stealing that!

  • Reply Jess April 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

    These look so lovely, and very impressive! A wonderful thing to whip up at a dinner party or afternoon tea… or just whenever!

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