Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Italian Cream Soda Recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

I first learned about the delicious, refreshing drink known as an Italian Cream Soda, funnily enough, at a Korean cafe my best friends and I used to frequent back in college. I was already familiar with the large array of Korean/East Asian teas, desserts, and snacks, as well as the typical coffee drinks you’d see at any American coffee shop, but I’d never heard of an Italian cream soda. And even though there was a large assortment of flavors, I never cared to try it, maybe because in my mind, cream soda was that super sugary but otherwise indistinguishable-flavored drink from a can.

Lavender-Lemon Italian Cream Soda

My best friend, however, adored them, and finally convinced me to try her drink. I believe it was a grapefruit one and I remember being blown away by how simple yet satisfying it was. I was even more blown away years later when I learned how quick and easy they were to prepare. I prefer to make my own simple syrups, but many people like the ease of bottled ones. Torani is probably the most popular brand and can be used for flavored lattes as well. Whichever one you choose, an Italian cream soda is the perfect drink for a lazy afternoon or a fun get-together. Hope you enjoy it!

Italian Cream Soda Recipe

Yield: one 12 oz drink


  • 2-4 TBSP flavored simple syrup (for this version, I used lavender and fresh lemon juice)
  • 2 TBSP heavy cream or half and half
  • Club soda
  • Ice


  1. Fill a glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add in your flavorings, followed by the cream or half and half.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Cast of characters: Heavy cream, club soda, lavender simple syrup, lemon

Add your flavorings to your glass.

Drizzle in the heavy cream or half and half.

Fill the jar with ice. (in the instructions, I have this first. It doesn't matter if you add the ice first or during this step, but I'd suggest doing it before you add the club soda)

Top off with club soda.

Stir and enjoy!

Have any of you tried an Italian cream soda before? What are your favorite flavors? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. No I haven't, but it sure sounds yummy. I think I will be trying this for sure.
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  2. A cousin to the famous NYC egg cream.

    1. I learned about egg creams as a kid from one of those Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, but I've still never tried one. I might have to make my own.

  3. Love Italian cream soda. The best! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  4. Hi Mia! I haven't tried this yet, but I'd love to get the chance. Thanks!