Raspberry Italian Soda

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Before I could drive or have a job, I used to go to the city swimming pool every afternoon during the summer. Those were the days: sun, chlorine, not a care in the world. Those were also days before I knew the glory of coffee. I used to order Italian sodas and felt pretty cool with my plastic cup topped with mounds of whipped cream.

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Regardless if I have been forced to grow up or not, Italian sodas are still delicious. This version uses a super simple homemade raspberry syrup, but there are a ton of flavored syrups for sale in stores now. Hope you enjoy!

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Raspberry Italian Soda


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup raspberries, preferably fresh
  • Half and Half
  • Club Soda
  • Whipped Cream


  • Combine the sugar, water and raspberries in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the berry solids. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
  • In a tall glass, add approximately ¼ cup of syrup. Fill glass most of the way with ice and then club soda. Top with a few splashes of half and half, and whipped topping. Stir and enjoy!
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