Drinks | December 2, 2018

How to Make an Italian Soda

Italian Sodas are one of the best drinks ever! They have yet to fail me at a girls night, movie night, books club, family gathering, or any other occasion. Why are they so awesome? Well not only are they heavenly to consume, but they are incredibly fun and customizable. Every guest gets to dream up their own little concoction. Let me show you how to make a italian soda.

Torani syrups, cream, sparkling soda on a table

What you need to make an Italian soda

  1. Syrup like Torani Syrup. I love this brand because they are great quality with an amazing range of flavors you can really come up with some on point combinations. 
    torani bottles lined up
  2. Sparkling water or club soda. It doesn’t matter which one, unless you have a preference. You need to have a flavorless sparkling base for this drink.
  3. Ice. Keep it nice and chilled
  4. Cream or whipping cream.
  5. Garnishes.


bottles and italian soda's on a table

How to make an Italian Soda

Number one! Start with the syrup. You need about 3 tbs of your favorite flavored syrup. of course this can be a combination of flavors!

3 cups with different colors syrup in them.

Step 2:

Add the ice.

3 cups with ice and syrup inside

Step 3: Add your Sparkling water or soda

PRO TIP: Make sure you soda is nice and chilled before you serve. It’ll keep the flavors from getting watered down and taste more refreshing.

3 cups with sparkling water mixed with ice and syrup

STEP 4: The cream. The cream can be tricky because you can do it two ways.

  1.  You can use heavy cream and pour about 1 tbs into the drink.

cream poured into italian soda

2. Or you can choose a whipped cream on top!

italian soda with whipped cream and cherries on top

Top them with your favorite garnishes to enhance the flavor or leave them just as is. I love to always serve them with a straw so my guests can use the straws and a stirring utensil.

Ideas for garnishes: Mint, limes, maraschino cherries (with stems), pineapple, strawberries and other fruit.

garnishes for italian soda

How to make an Italian Soda Bar

Now that you know how to make them you must throw a party and have an italian soda bar. They are ALWAYS a hit, I know because I basically serve them at every party at my house. Here are some tips:

  1. Make some cute signs of flavor combinations for friends (trust me, they can get overwhelmed checking out the plethora of flavors). Here are some of my favorites.
  • pineapple and coconut
  • cherry and lime
  • peach and mango
  • pomegranate and lime
  • strawberry and lemon
  • coconut and strawberry
  • mint and lime

2. Buy some pumps for the bottles! SOOO much easier and less messy, and no measuring.

3. Use paper cups, straws and CHILL your sparkling soda. Make life easier.

3. Explain before hand how it works, maybe even make a few signs with measurements. Have the table set up in assembly line format with syrups first, then ice, soda and toppings. Let them go at it a try all their own combinations.

italian soda bar



5 from 5 votes
italian soda with whipped cream and cherries on top
How to Make an Italian Soda : Video
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Heavenly to consume, incredibly fun, and customizable. Every guest gets to dream up their own little concoction!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian Soda, Party Drinks
Servings: 1
Calories: 213 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 3 tbsp Torani Flavored Syrups
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 12 oz Club Soda or sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp Cream either Heavy or Whipped
  • Maraschino Cherries and other toppings like limes, lemons, fruit, pineapple
  1. Using a tall clear glass, add in any combination of flavored syrups about 3 tbsp of syrup total. 

  2. Add in ice.

  3. Fill with club soda or sparking water.

  4. Top with a little drizzle of heavy cream or mound of whipped cream.
  5. Top with a maraschino cherry or other toppings coordinating with your flavors.

  6. Swirl gently with a straw before drinking.
Recipe Notes

Chill soda before hand


Nutrition Facts
How to Make an Italian Soda : Video
Amount Per Serving (1 C)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Sugar 43g48%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I’ll see these at parties and am too shy to ask how it’s supposed to be done but these are so easy and cute who would have thought!

  2. 5 stars
    I used to get these at the coffee shops but they cost over $5 in some places. I fell in love with the lavender and the huckleberry flavors. Went and got my bottles of Torani and my cheap shasta club soda and 1/2 and 1/2. Now I’m saving money and getting my fav drink without leaving the house!

    1. The World Market stores carry so many flavors — and the large bottles are less $$ than the small bottles sold on Amazon or at the grocery stores.
      I get my pumps from Amazon and they really do make life easier!

  3. Hey, is there any way to prevent the cream from separating? Every time I pour it in, it separates. Maybe the cream isn’t heavy enough?

    1. Hi! I haven’t found a way to keep it from separating, yes some heavy creams do it less than others). I feel like whipped cream does a little better, but I think because of the nature of the fizzy drink it will do this.

    2. I see Torani has labeled some of their flavors “dairy friendly.”
      These flavors are supposed to be less inclined to that separation that looks almost like curdling, but I don’t know that they’re completely free of separation.