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Monday, June 6, 2016

How to Make an Italian Soda Bar

Last Friday Nate and I hosted our second annual lip sync/deaf man’s karaoke party (which was hysterical, by the way). Anyway, for the first annual lip sync party I created an Italian soda bar. It was delicious and fun, so I decided to make it a lip sync tradition and did it again this past weekend. Today I’m sharing some quick tips for how to make an Italian soda bar so you can do it, too! It’s perfect for summertime parties, but my kids love making their soda any old time. 😉

How to Make an Italian Soda Bar - The Supplies | From @janemaynard

How to Make an Italian Soda Bar from @janemaynard

What you need for an Italian soda bar:

  • Club soda or sparkling mineral water. Seltzer water works, too, but the club soda/sparkling mineral water has a little more flavor that compliments the Italian syrup nicely.
  • Italian flavored syrup, like Torani. I went to Cost Plus World Market to buy my syrup, but you can also find it on Amazon. I provided six flavors for people to choose from. FYI: Vanilla goes nicely with every flavor, so that’s a good one to have.
  • Half & Half or Cream: Both half & half and cream work, and it gives your Italian soda a certain je ne sais quoi (or however you’d say that in Italian).
  • Cups & Straws: The people need something to mix their drink in and with! I buy clear plastic 16-ounce cups with lids. For some reason the lids really impress people. The straws work for stirring and drinking.
  • Ice: Be sure to have a big bowl of ice at the ready for your guests!
  • Vodka (optional): If you want to spike your soda, vodka is a good neutral-flavored option.

How to Make an Italian Soda Bar from @janemaynard | Mixing the drinks!

How to Make an Italian Soda:

  • Fill glass halfway with ice.
  • Add about 6 pumps of syrup for a 16-ounce cup. Feel free to mix and match flavors!
  • Add club soda, leaving about an inch at the top of the cup. If using vodka, add 1-2 ounces of vodka to the cup before adding the club soda.
  • Add a splash of half & half or cream (about 1 tablespoon).
  • Stir gently with a straw.
  • Enjoy!

How to Make an Italian Soda Bar from @janemaynard

That’s it! Creating an Italian soda bar is seriously super easy and it looks impressive at a party. {You’re welcome.} Plus, the syrups last pretty much forever, so that’s nice, too! Enjoy!


  1. 1

    This is awesome! I feel lame for only having heard of Italian sodas and somehow going through my life not actually having one yet. I feel inspired to change that fact; thank you for the break-down of how to make these!

  2. How fun! We have a soda stream and my husband loves experimenting with the torani syrups. Never thought to add heavy cream to it!

  3. 3

    Great summary! I like to add whipped cream and a cherry to the top for a bit of extra ‘splash’. I just love these sodas 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4

    If you add Ice cream instead of half and half it is even better.

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