Tuesday, July 7, 2015
And, I honestly don't blame them. Why can't they get one of those drinks that's packed with all their favorites; fruit, cherries, whipped cream and a fun, paper umbrella?
Well, they can. Cream sodas are a favorite of all; it doesn't matter if you're 5 or 95, everyone likes that creamy, fizzy beverage. And it's a plus if it's flavored.
What's not a plus? Well, paying that hefty price that restaurants and soda fountains have attached to the beloved favorite. So, instead of dropping a wad of cash for a bit of relaxation and nostalgia make your own at home.
Wow your guests, impress your kiddos and bask in the simple, yet amazing flavors of your own, homemade cream soda. There are about 100 flavor combinations you could use in these homemade sodas, the options are endless.
I let Tucker take the reigns on this one and gave him full creative control and he opted for orange vanilla. I couldn't find orange Torani syrup, so I pursued the snow-cone isle in Wal-Mart and found some flavor packets and one of them just happened to be orange. So, I added a little powder to a cup along with some water, stirred it together and we had our own orange flavored syrup.
Slightly tangy from the orange with the subtle undertone of vanilla, a creaminess from the half and half and some fizz thanks to the addition of club soda. It's the perfect mix of flavors. These sodas are an ideal beverage to sip on poolside, the perfect afternoon treat, and a wonderful option to wow guests pre or post meal. They can me customized by using your favorite flavor combos as well as for any holidays.
Homemade Orange Italian Cream Soda
1 1/2 Cups club soda
1/3 Cup orange flavor syrup (Torani or even snow cone syrup)
1/4 Cup vanilla flavor syrup
4 Tbsp half and half
Combine the orange and vanilla syrup in a small cup and stir to combine, set aside. Divide the club soda evenly between 2 glasses. Next, pour even amounts of the syrup mixture into each glass and stir to combine. Fill both glasses two-thirds full with ice. Slowly pour 2 tablespoons of half and half into each glass. Top with whipped cream and cherries.
Serve to guest, along with a spoon to mix the half and half into the beverage before drinking.*
*Alternately, you may mix the half and half into the soda and flavored syrups before topping with the whipped cream and cherries.
Recipe source: A Lynsey Original