Italian Soda Bar


Any time we have family over or a party, we always focus on the food. I don’t usually do anything special for drinks.  So last month when we had Allison’s graduation party (will share all details soon) we decided an Italian Soda Bar would be fun!

I thought the little kids and graduates would enjoy the fruity alternative to the traditional party beverages, but as it turned out, it was an instant hit with young and old! If you are looking for a fun way to serve drinks for your next party or get-together, try having an Italian Soda Bar. It’s so easy to create this big impact idea!

Make Italian Sodas at your next party with an Italian Soda Bar! details at

HOW TO | For a complete Italian Soda Bar you will need:

  • ice cubes
  • a variety of flavored syrups (we used Torani) *fruity flavors are best
  • carbonated water (club soda, sparkling water)
  • whipped cream
  • 24 ounce cups
  • fun straws
  • pumps or shot glasses

The fun part……it’s all self serve!!  Set up a spot with all your supplies (our cooler of ice is out of the shot) and post directions so they know how to make their own Italian Soda and you’re all set!

Make Italian Sodas at your next party with a self serve Italian Soda Bar! details at

The recipe for Italian Soda is really easy 

Serve Italian Sodas at your next party with an Italian Soda Bar! details at

I purchased pumps for our bottles, but you can also use shot glasses (you can pick up a package of plastic shot glasses at the dollar store or party supply).  1 pump = 1 shot.

Fill your cup with ice, then add 3-4 pumps of flavoring.  You can mix flavors for even more fun  ie:  Tiger Blood (2 strawberry + 1 watermelon + 1 coconut)  Strawberry Lemon (2 strawberry + 2 lemon)  Cherry Cream Soda (2 cherry + 2 vanilla)  Peaches & Cream (2 peach + 2 vanilla)  Strawberries & Cream (2 strawberry + 2 vanilla)  Cherry Lime Ricky (3 black cherry + 1 lime)  Pineapple Razz ( 2 pineapple + 2 raspberry)  Cream Soda (3-4 pumps Vanilla) for just a few examples

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Then add carbonated (sparkling) water to fill the cup.

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Top with whip cream.

Italian Sodas recipe for a self serve Italian Soda Bar at your next party! details at

Add a straw……stir and enjoy!

Have Italian Sodas for a self serve Italian Soda Bar at your next party! details at

You can downloand and pint  the Italian Soda Bar Directions I made for our party, if you’d like.  It’s simple and prints out on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper – another cool idea would be to write the directions out on a giant chalkboard like Leigh Anne did for her Italian Soda Bar at her daughter’s graduation party

You can pick up flavored syrups and pumps at a lot of places, I got a few at World Market and ordered some from  You can also find some at grocery stores, and even amazon.

Italian Soda variations, you can also add heavy cream, half and half or ice cream before the whipped cream for a creamosa Italian Soda!

Everyone will be talking about the Italian Soda Bar!!

I’ll post more grad party fun soon!!

What flavor would you make for an Italian Soda?

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  1. Cheryl this is so fun!! What a great idea. I can’t wait to do this myself for one of our get togethers at the house! You’re a genius!

  2. I just happen to have a whole bunch of Torani syrups! I love them! I must try this – it looks so fun! Pinned!

  3. I love this idea Cheryl! I wish I had thought of it for my son’s graduation. Great idea for any party. Pinning!

  4. How fun is this! What a great idea for a party.

  5. Love this idea for parties!

  6. Love this, what a great idea 🙂

  7. This is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen!!! I need to have a little soda bar just like this at home – love it! What a fun idea! Pinned!

  8. YUM! I am totally addicted to the syrups – I add them to everything. Cafe Rio has a slew of them at the soda fountain – so I am always creating new & exciting beverages when I go there.

  9. It all turned out perfect! Looks so fun and festive!!

  10. I LOVE this idea and am ready to do my daughter’s grad party all over again just so we can do this. Wait. Did I just say that??? That’s crazy. OK. I need to think of some party where this can be done. Hmm…I might have something coming up in KC where this would be very cool at! 😉

  11. What a great idea for parties! Definitely will be keeping this post in mind for future reference!

  12. Such a fun idea for a summer party. Pinning!

  13. i love this idea! thanks for sharing

  14. This DIY bar is adorable! I love Italian soda…yum!

  15. Adorable DIY bar! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea.

  16. Love, love this super-fun idea! What a perfectly easy way to make the drinks a special part of the party, too! So pretty, so inviting … plus I’m sure just making them and thinking up different combinations becomes an instant conversation starter! 😀 Pinning for sure!

  17. Great party idea! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinned!

  18. I used to drink Italian sodas allll the time when I worked in coffee shops and had forgotten about them! Love this idea!

  19. I love these flavored syrups. They are instant pick me up for most recipes!

  20. How much fun is that?! What a fabulous soda bar!

  21. Yummy!! And so cute. My husband and boys love a good drink. They would be in Heaven! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  24. What a cute idea! I am looking for inspiration for my Italian Birthday party and soda bar seems like a right thing to do. Thanks for sharing!

  25. We have a Soda Stream so we don’t need to buy carbonated water, and make all our own soda, but I’d like to know if Torani makes a sugar-free syrup for cola.  I make my own whipped cream (it’s past tense, not “whip” cream) because the canned stuff is just awful; all air and no flavor.    

  26. Love this idea!  So fun!!  Could you possibly tell me how much of everything you actually used for the number of people you had attend the party?  I’m expecting about 100 for daughter’s graduation party.  Thanks so much!  I know this is a huge request, but it would save me buying way to much!  Thanks! 

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