Servings: 1 Prep: 1 min Cook: 0 min Total: 1 min
This is a simple and straightforward recipe, but it started life as something else entirely!
My original idea had been to recreate a true “sugar-free” (to the degree it COULD BE true) Egg Cream, like the old soda fountains would have made. I’m often drawn to these kinds of recipes, as they’ve got history and a bit of fun thrown in. In addition to the age of an egg cream, is the simple fact that it contains neither eggs, nor cream! I made my own chocolate syrup, and used almond milk and club soda. I tried to get it to foam, and tried to shake two glasses together (like a shaken martini), this ended explosively. After a big blotting session, I decided to give up and throw in the dirty towel.
Because I needed a 7th dessert for “dessert week” and wanted it to be a beverage and had to use ingredients that I had on-hand … I thought of the “Italian Soda” idea!
Italian Sodas have their roots in the US, not Italy. However, the legend has it that the Italian Soda was started by “Torani” in the mid 1920’s. Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre used the family’s Italian recipes to develop their flavored syrups. Using these syrups, they would flavor sparkling water and market the “Italian Soda” to neighborhood cafes in the North Beach area of San Francisco. The rest, as they say, is history!
Strawberry-Almond Italian SodaPrint Rate
- 3/4 cup club soda
- 2 tbsp sugar free strawberry syrup
- 1 tbsp sugar free almond syrup
- 1/4 cup cream heavy whipping
- Mix together your sparkling soda and flavor syrups with ice.
- Drizzle a bit of cream into the glass.
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5 thoughts on “Strawberry-Almond Italian Soda”
This looks great! I am gonna have to try it!
Please do, Jana. Report back when you have! 🙂
My Massachusetts born daughter-in-law and her family introduced me to “eggcreams”. They were called Boston Sodas in the midwest where I grew up. By any name, delicious! Thanks, can’t wait to try this!
—Reply posted by DJ on 1/25/2015
Let us know what you think! 😀
Would my soda stream make the right kind of water? I love Italian sodas
—Reply posted by DJ on 4/22/2015
Yep. It should! 🙂
So far my favorite flavor combo has been using SF Almond Rocca & SF Almond Torani Syrups. I have not been able to get the Strawberry yet, will have to order from Amazon. But I have tried it with Raspberry & Peach, they are all delicious but the Almond Rocca is divine! Thanks for this amazing recipe. I am sharing but credit will alway have a link to your recipe page!
—Reply posted by DJ on 5/30/2015
Hi Meg, it’s a fun recipe, huh? Your only limitation is flavor availability, but even then, you can start to mix and match … likely thousands of combos! I’m glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂