Homemade Italian Cream Soda Tutorial and Recipe

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Have you ever had an Italian cream soda?  They're delicious, right?

But have you ever thought of making them at home?  With homemade, fresh fruit syrup?  Holy cow, now that's delectible.

You clearly don't have to make a homemade fruit syrup to make homemade Italian cream sodas (if you don't, I recommend Monin brand syrups).  But if you have bountiful summer fruit and are looking for ways to use it up, homemade syrups just can't be beat.

Either way, a homemade Italian cream soda is an amazing treat.

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Homemade Italian Cream Soda Tutorial

My mom gifted me with some homemade strawberry syrup, and I'd just made homemade watermelon syrup, so I decided it was high time for me to learn how to make my own Italian cream sodas.  It's so easy, I'm ashamed I'd never done it before.

Ingredients for an Italian Cream Soda:

Place ice in a glass, and fill with carbonated water.  You can buy club soda or seltzer water at any grocery store, but I actually make my own.  (My husband and I LOVE sparkling mineral water, and go through several liters a day, so we bought a carbonating kit from Amazon to save money and not create so much plastic waste.)

Add fruit syrup to taste.  I don't like very sweet things, so I love making my own drinks like this so I can control the sweetness level and sugar content.  When I thought it was perfect, my girls both thought it was tasty, but needed more syrup.

After the syrup has been added (you might need to give it a quick stir to incorporate it with the sparkling water), pour in about a teaspoon of half and half.  You don't need much at all to get that distinctive flavor and velvety feel.

Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

What flavor would you make?  I think I'm going to have to try peach and rhubarb, myself.  Oooh, and raspberry.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido