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Recipe: Iconic Italian Sodas

Recipe: Iconic Italian Sodas

Iconic Italian Sodas

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Angelika Smile/
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4-6 servings

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Iconic Italian Sodas

Despite its name, Italian Soda originated in the United States, specifically in San Francisco. The once very popular drink was invented nearly a century ago by the Torre brothers—Italian immigrants who made and sold hand-crafted syrups like the one used in this recipe.

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • stir :

    to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!

Equipment Checklist

  • Pitcher
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon or spatula


Iconic Italian Sodas

  • 1/2 C yogurt, vanilla or plain **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free vanilla or plain yogurt)**
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 C sparkling water (use your favorite flavor)
  • ice

Food Allergen Substitutions

Iconic Italian Sodas

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free vanilla or plain yogurt.


Iconic Italian Sodas

combine + stir

In your pitcher, combine 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until the sugar is well mixed and mostly dissolved.

add + stir

Then, add 3 cups sparkling water and stir to create a bubbly Italian soda. Use your favorite flavor of sparkling water to spice up this drink! Pour over ice and enjoy!

History of Italian Soda!

Photo by Aedka Studio/
  • Italian soda was developed in the United States, not Italy! It was first made by Torani, a San Francisco, California company, which makes flavored syrups. 
  • The founders, Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre were Italian immigrants who introduced their syrups to the San Francisco North Beach neighborhood in 1925. They created an Italian soda by mixing their syrups with sparkling water (also called carbonated or soda water).
  • You can easily make an Italian soda at home with flavored syrup (typically fruit-flavored), sparkling water, and ice. If you add half-and-half or heavy cream to the concoction, it becomes a cremosa or Italian cream soda. The Italian word "cremoso" is "creamy" in English.

THYME for a Laugh

How does carbon dioxide make soda so bubbly?

By obeying the laws of fizz-ics!

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