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Contrary to what you might think (I thought it too actually) Italian Cream Soda wasn’t actually developed in Italy. Bummer, I know… but for a moment, from that very first sip I can imagine myself sitting at a little cafe on the streets of Milan as I watch shoppers stroll by. Sounds dreamy, right?! Well these Italian Cream Sodas are just that my friend.
Aren’t they just so pretty too? You know, I’ve never made Italian Cream Soda at home, and now I am kicking myself because they are so darn easy to make, so delicious, and a perfect little treat for the family. And I’ll let you in on a little secret… there are actually some really great nutrients involved. Gasp! How dare I sneak some healthy ingredients in these delciious drinks! wink
So let’s talk flavors. I decided to make strawberry, because, well strawberry is always a good go-to flavor.
The next two are less common I feel, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved them! You might be thinking blueberry or blackberry for the purple one… but actually, I used Suncore Foods’ Sapphire Wolfberry Supercolor Powder and it was delicious! Ok, so what the heck are wolfberries?! Wolfberries are more commonly referred to as black goji berries, bringing a slightly sweet and beautiful color to dishes around the world. I didn’t realize there were black goji berries and golden goji berries.
Interesting enough, this Sapphire Woflberry Supercolor Powder is magical in that it will be either a more sapphire color (hence it’s name) or a more violet color as shown in this Italian Cream Soda depending on the alkalinity of the water it’s paired with. Neat, huh?! It also offers a full range of health benefits which may include lowering cholesterol levels, boosting immunity, enhancing vision, nourishing the kidneys, and protecting the liver. Remember when I mentioned the possible health benefits in these cream sodas?
And for the last one I wanted to use up some kiwis in my fridge. When I made the simple syrup I was thinking that it would turn out a lot more green, and it was kind of like this greenish-yellow color- not really the look I was going for, so I decided to pair it with matcha… which wow, matcha and kiwi are matcha made in heaven!
If you’ve never had Italian Cream Soda before, you’re in for a real treat. And when you make them at home it’s super simple and you can control what ingredients you use. Let’s take a closer look at how I made these.
☆ Use fruit to make a simple syrup. In these Italian Cream Sodas I used fresh strawberries, kiwi, and Suncore Foods Sapphire Wolfberry Powder simmered over medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes with 1/2 cup of sugar.
☆ Next, you put some ice in your glasses, fill the glasses about 1/4 full with each of the syrups, then pour in club soda, and finish with some coconut milk! Stir and enjoy 🙂 That’s it! Get the full recipes below, and as always, tag me in your re-creations on Instagram and Facebook!
** Recipe adapted from Sugar & Charm