I recently discovered the joy of an Italian soda. Some sort of flavored syrup mixed with sparkling water, made into a little sip of heaven with the addition of some half-and-half.
The Loblolly Creamery soda fountain in the Green Corner Store has an elderberry cream soda that is to die for. I don’t walk through the doors without ordering one as a treat for myself.
But that gets expensive, so I’ve started making a cheater version at home.
They’re super simple to make. Just pour a dash of the syrup into the bottom of the glass. Mix in some half-and-half, about twice as much as the syrup. Fill with ice and then pour sparkling water over the top. Stir and enjoy. You can use fancy designer mineral water, but a can of Kroger brand sparkling water does just fine for me.
My version is sugar-free since I have issues with candida, and keeping my sugar intake at a minimum helps keep that under control. For a treat soda, the sugar is fine. But for guilt-free everyday, I was happy to find that Torani makes Splenda-sweetened sugar-free syrups. Yay!!! Granted, there wasn’t much selection in flavors available in town, but I did find a vanilla flavored syrup.
It tastes like melted snow ice cream, but with fizz. Yum!!