Italian sodas are delicious and refreshing. You know what would make them more delicious and refreshing? Vodka. Way to drop the ball on THAT one, Italy. Or Italian Americans. Or, if we’re being real, Starbucks.
An Italian Soda is basically just soda water laced with flavored sugar syrup, often with cream added. I am guilty of having at least 25 flavors of sugar syrup in a cupboard in my basement, just waiting to be discovered by toddlers and/or ants. Until one of them cottons on to my stash of sweet liquid, I’m going to keep drinking these like a sophisticated, urbane coffee shop visitor. Who also happens to be a little drunk.
Eventually, these get swizzled with a stir stick to make them uniform and pastel, but they look breathtaking beforehand, with a drizzle of cream swirling down the sides like a kaleidoscope of decadent cow snuggles.
- 8 oz soda water
- 1.5 oz flavored syrup
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 1 oz cream
- Ice to taste*
- Fill a pint glass partway with ice
- Pour in the flavored syrup
- Pour in the vodka
- Top with soda water
- Drizzle in a touch of cream
*Ice is important to keep things cold and slow your drinking
**Ice obnoxiously slows your drinking and takes up valuable space that could be filled with sugar and vodka
***You be the judge