Italian Sodas and a Virtual Baby Shower


Baby Shower for Aggie

Today I am taking part in a virtual baby shower for my blogging friend Aggie from Aggies Kitchen. She is expecting a boy on September 30th! We have become friends through blogging and being a part of Bush’s Team Bean. I was thrilled to be able to participate in a virtual shower for her and include all of you.

The theme for the shower is Italian so we have put together an assortment of recipes for appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, salads, entrees and desserts.  To see the other recipes and blogs involved check out the bottom of the post. I am sharing a recipe for a non-alcoholic drink – Italian Sodas.

I first had an Italian soda when I went to a family Christmas party. My aunt is an awesome party person and had an Italian themed dinner for us. The food was amazing and she also served Italian sodas along with the meal. I was hooked on them once I tried them. Who would have thought a simple drink could be so enticing.

An Italian soda consists of 2 main ingredients – carbonated water and flavored syrup (preferably fruit ones). Traditional fruit flavors are strawberry, cherry, peach, and raspberry. You can “up the ante” and make an Italian cream soda by adding a splash of cream or half and half. You can get even crazier and top it with some whipped cream! This is my favorite way to have them.

Italian Cream Soda | realmomkitchen.com

For the carbonated water you can use club soda, seltzer water,  sparkling water, etc. Basically you want something that is clear and carbonated with no added flavoring.

For syrups, I personally use Torani Syrup. You can usually find some flavors of these types of syrups in the grocery store or  Sam’s and Costco on the coffee isle. World Market is another place to pick them up. However, online is a great option for more variety of flavor.  DaVinic Gourmet brand (can find from Amazon)and Stasero (at Orson Gygi) are some other known brands. You can also buy pump dispensers for your bottles and some brand do carry sugar free syrups for those that need it.

The for the ice, in my opinion it’s gotta be pebble ice. Some stores carry it but you can also pick it up at Sonic Drive Ins, they will sell you some by the bag. If not just pick a smaller pieced ice to use.

This is a fun way to get any gathering started. Everyone can make their own drink and have fun while doing it. You can also mix flavorings. Strawberry with coconut or raspberry with peach are some great combinations.

Be sure to serve them in clear cups – you want to see everything in the drink. And don’t forget to include some fun straws. You gotta sip your Italian soda with a straw!

Italian Sodas | realmomkitchen.com

Italian Sodas
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. sized clear drinking cups
  • flavored syrups
  • ice (I prefer pebble ice)
  • chilled sparkling water (or other clear and non-flavored carbonated water)
  • straws
  • whipping cream or half and half, optional
  • Reddi Whip, optional for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add 2-4 Tbsp of flavored syrup to each cup.
  2. Fill each cup ½ to ⅔ with ice.
  3. Then fill the glass with sparkling water.
  4. If you want an italian cream soda, add about 1 tbsp cream and top with Reddi Whip if desired for garnish.
  5. Serve drinks with straws.

Appetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Drinks
Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Salads
Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Entrees
Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Desserts
Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

 

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