Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Italian Cream Sodas

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The 90’s are making a comeback, and I’m not loving it. I graduated from high school in ’97, so all these chokers and bodysuits and tiny flower prints are giving me a bit of PTSD. Do we have to bring back all the emotional trauma along with the chunky shoes? Please make it stop. 

To make the 90’s even more horrible, I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The nicest restaurant was Red Robin. We thought we were so fancy when we went out of town for dance trips and got to have dinner at The Olive Garden. I couldn’t wait to order an Italian Soda. I thought I was so classy.

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Italian Cream Sodas are super easy to make at home. All you need is some fruit-flavored syrup, some soda water, and a bit of half and half or cream. You can leave the cream out if you want. It might sound scary to put dairy in your soda, but I challenge you to give it a try. I promise, it’s awesome.

You can look for fruit syrups in the coffee aisle, but if you can’t find your favorite flavor, it’s pretty easy to make your own. Just combine a half cup of sugar and a half cup of water in a sauce pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Dump in some of your favorite fruit (I used frozen raspberries), turn the heat off, and leave the fruit to steep for a few hours. Strain it into a jar, and store it in the fridge for all your Italian Soda needs.

Italian Cream Soda | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maybe not everything in the 90’s was horrible. I’m bringing back Italian Cream Sodas and loving it.

Italian Cream Sodas
Serves 1
Italian Cream Sodas bring back all the best 90's memories.
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 to 4 tablespoons fruit-flavored coffee syrup
  2. 4 to 6 ounces soda water or club soda
  3. 1 tablespoon half and half or single cream
  4. Ice
  5. Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. There's no need to be too prescriptive about your measurements here. Just eyeball it.
  2. Add a bunch ice to a tall glass, like a Collins glass. Pour in about an of inch of your favorite fruit-flavored syrup. How much syrup you use depends on how sweet you want your soda to be.
  3. Fill up your glass most of the way with soda water, then pour over a splash of cream.
  4. Top it with some whipped cream if you like.
  5. Make sure to serve it with a straw, because you don't want to stir it until you get ready to drink. The layers are what make this drink 90's magical.
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40 Awesome Recipes to Summon the Sunshine We’ve been having one of those days where it’s cold and rainy but also sunny at the same time. It’s a horrible trick. Rude almost. I’m done with the wind and the rain. I’m ready to hold onto that sunshine. I don’t know whether or not Scotland will deliver, so I’m going to turn to my kitchen . If we can’t have real sun, at least maybe we can put some sunshine on a plate. Or in a glass, as the case may be. 

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Raspberry Cooler | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been transferred at work and the whole world has gone insane. Stress is pouring off me in waves. Don’t get too close, or my insanity might splash onto you. I don’t want you to catch my crazy. Unless, of course, you’re going to bring me a cocktail, then you can sit right next to me, and we’ll be best friends.

Raspberry Cooler | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Raspberry Cooler is sweet and tart. Watch out because you won’t realize you’re drinking alcohol. You will probably have a big smile on your face, though, and that can never be bad.

Don’t forget that if you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a bottle of raspberry vodka, it’s perfectly easy to make your own if you have a little patience. All you need is a clean jar, some vodka, some raspberries, and two weeks. Just let the raspberries steep in the vodka, then strain it into another clean jar. Voila. Raspberry vodka for half the price. Use frozen berries in the off season for an even cheaper option.

Raspberry Cooler | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The world has gone utterly mad, so there’s no better reason to put your feet up and enjoy a lovely pink cocktail in the comfort of your own home on a Tuesday night. Raspberry Coolers are the wave of the future, my friends. Let’s do it.

Raspberry Cooler
Serves 1
A Raspberry Cooler is the perfect sweet, tart cocktail to erase the insanity of the work week.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce Chambord
  2. 1 ounce raspberry vodka
  3. 1/2 can of San Pellegrino limonata
  4. Ice
Instructions
  1. Add plenty of ice to your cocktail glass, then pour over the Chambord and raspberry vodka. Top it up with San Pellegrino, and give it a gentle stir. If you're feeling fancy, add some frozen berries to garnish, or just get straight to drinking.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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