DIY/Crafts

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 TidyMom.net


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)
  • whip 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 TidyMom.net

The recipe for Italian Soda is really easy 

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

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

Italian Sodas at home! details at TidyMom.net

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

Self serve Italian Soda Bar! details at TidyMom.net

Top with whip cream.

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

Add a straw……stir and enjoy!

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


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 Torani.com.  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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Cheryl Sousan

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25 Responses to “Italian Soda Bar”

  1. Serene @ House of Yumm posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:02 am (#
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    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. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:21 am (#
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    I just happen to have a whole bunch of Torani syrups! I love them! I must try this – it looks so fun! Pinned!

  3. dawn@joyfulscribblings posted on July 23, 2014 at 7:28 am (#
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    I love this idea Cheryl! I wish I had thought of it for my son’s graduation. Great idea for any party. Pinning!

  4. Christie - Food Done Light posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:06 am (#
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    How fun is this! What a great idea for a party.

  5. Maria posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:12 am (#
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    Love this idea for parties!

  6. Amanda posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:52 am (#
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    Love this, what a great idea :)

  7. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:17 am (#
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    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. Gina posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:23 am (#
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    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. Leigh Anne Wilkes @YourHomebasedMom posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm (#
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    It all turned out perfect! Looks so fun and festive!!

  10. Marly posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm (#
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    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. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm (#
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    What a great idea for parties! Definitely will be keeping this post in mind for future reference!

  12. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm (#
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    YUMMERS! Just pinned!

  13. Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm (#
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    Such a fun idea for a summer party. Pinning!

  14. janelle posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm (#
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    i love this idea! thanks for sharing

  15. Nutmeg Nanny posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm (#
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    This DIY bar is adorable! I love Italian soda…yum!

  16. Heather posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:50 am (#
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    Adorable DIY bar! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea.

  17. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:06 am (#
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    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! :D Pinning for sure!

  18. Donna posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:07 am (#
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    Great party idea! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinned!

  19. Anna (Hidden Ponies) posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:02 am (#
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    I used to drink Italian sodas allll the time when I worked in coffee shops and had forgotten about them! Love this idea!

  20. Lori posted on July 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm (#
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    I love these flavored syrups. They are instant pick me up for most recipes!

  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm (#
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    How much fun is that?! What a fabulous soda bar!

  22. Brooke posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:41 am (#
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    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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