Sunday, August 26, 2012
When I was a teen, my first job was as a barista (or coffee bartender) at a local coffee shop near my home, Xtremely Xpresso. We sold bagels and pasteries and lots of different coffee and espresso drinks. But for those who wanted something delicious and refreshing that wasn't of the coffee variety, we made Italian Sodas.
An Italian Soda is a carbonated drink made from adding a flavored syrup to soda water. Simple. Delicious.
What you see here is a sugar-free coconut Italian cream soda.
It was made by adding a small amount of flavored syrup to the bottom of the glass, a dollop of cream, just enough Club soda to fill the glass. You can add more or less flavoring to suite your taste. The only real way to mess this drink up is if you add way too much syrup, and the fix for that is simply adding more soda water.
These drinks are fun for parties or for an after school treat. You can make them in pretty much any flavor, especially if you go to a retailer that sells Torani Flavored Syrups. They have many flavors in a sugar-free version as well. So stock up on a couple syrups and keep a bottle of Club Soda in your fridge and you'll be prepared for a refreshing, custom, Italian Soda any time you want it!
Posted by Sarah Norman at 9:01 PM