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Italian Cream Soda

Italian Cream Soda – A refreshing summer drink made with just 3 simple ingredients! This recipe is easy to customize with different flavors and it’s cheap to make!

Italian Cream Soda

Italian Cream Soda

Italian cream soda is by far one of my favorite fun drinks to get at a restaurant! I love how many fun flavors and variations are out there and they always taste so amazing! Somehow, I had never thought to try making them at home until this past week and I was blown away with how simple and cheap they were to make!

To whip up an Italian cream soda, you need 3 simple ingredients – sparkling water, half-and-half, and flavored syrup.  Personally, I used cherry syrup because I love the color and flavor but there are countless other varieties to make! Make sure you mix around the syrup as you are drinking it with a straw or a spoon so it doesn’t get all left until the end!

This is a great recipe to whip up on a hot summer day.  It’s refreshing and a bright pop of color (if you use a syrup other than vanilla, which is almost clear) that will be perfect to sip on outside while reading a book or sitting by the pool!

Italian Cream Soda Recipe

Common questions about making italian cream soda

How do you make an Italian cream soda?

To make Italian cream soda, you simply combine sparkling water, flavored syrup, and half-and-half over ice.  You can customize it with different flavors of syrup and serve it topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

What are the best Italian soda flavors?

There are many different Italian soda flavors as you can use any flavor of syrup but some of the most popular include:

  • Cherry
  • Vanilla
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Coconut

Is Italian soda from Italy?

No, Italian soda originated in the United States.  The combination of sparkling water and flavored syrup made by an Italian syrup company were a hit, thus where the “Italian” portion of the name came in.

What’s the difference between French soda and Italian Soda?

French soda and italian soda are basically the same thing.  Italian soda is simply sparkling water with flavored syrup and ice while French soda (also called Italian cream soda) is the same but with the addition of half-and-half.

How to make italian cream soda

Other tips and tricks on this italian cream soda recipe

  • Make sure you are using a drink syrup (such as Torani) or that you make your own flavored simple syrup recipe at home (like this homemade vanilla syrup recipe!
  • This recipe has the ingredients listed for a single glass of italian cream soda because you assemble the ingredients right in the cup.  You can easily double the recipe or triple it.

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Yield: 1 drink

Italian Cream Soda

Italian Cream Soda

Italian Cream Soda - A refreshing summer drink! Cherry syrup, sparkling water, and half-and-half topped with whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons flavored syrup
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream, (optional)
  • Maraschino cherry, (optional)


  1. Place ice in a large glass.  Pour flavored syrup, sparkling water, and half-and-half into the cup.
  2. Top it with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.

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Meagen Brosius

Monday 30th of July 2018

This is such a tasty recipe and it looks amazing! Such a "wow" option for parties and events. Everyone was so excited to try them!

Renee Goerger

Monday 30th of July 2018

I'll take one in all the flavors, but I'll start with cherry! YUM!!

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