Homemade Italian Sodas 101
So I bought these Italian sodas (pictured above) recently and I wanted to share a very good tip with you guys…
When I saw these it occurred to me that these are not the Italian Sodas you buy to add half and half to make Italian soda recipes that I’ve posted on my Tumblr:
The ones pictured above should be served straight up (with ice) the reason being is that the water and syrup have been already mixed together OUT OF ORDER for the type of Italian soda recipes I linked above… Let me explain….
This is the very very very important part…. When you make the recipe links above YOU MUST… **MUST** 1)add the fruit syrup to the half and half 2) mix that well together and 3)THEN add the club soda or sparkling water to the half and half/syrup mixture 4) top it off with ice. The recipe links above don’t tell you this, but if you want your Italian Sodas to come out correct 100% of the time this is the best way of making sure it does.
If you don’t do it this way your milk will curdle INSTANTLY. The milk will look spoiled and you won’t have a smooth creamy look to your Italian soda! Oh the horror!!!!! :3 You must add these ingredients in ORDER to avoid the curdling.
YES, that means that if you mix half and half to the Wholefoods already made Italian sodas the half and half will curdle! So you have to make the Italian sodas from scratch to get it to taste and look like the recipe links above!
Also the bottom picture are Supermarket Strawberry and Pineapple syrups I buy at my supermarket. These syrups are pre-made and have food coloring etc, so if you get really lazy and you don’t want to make your own fruit syrups this is the other alternative.
So you would mix these supermarket syrups with your half and half (very well) and then add your club soda /sparkling water and ice. But the homemade syrups are really easy to make so don’t get lazy, DIY! :)
Anyway I posted a similar recipe the other day that has the same issues it was a tropical drink from the Dominican Republic called “Morir Sonando” (to die while dreaming/sleeping). With this recipe you also have to mix your ingredients in order so the milk won’t curdle.
Hope you enjoyed this! Happy drinking!!!!
—PS if you’re curious why I buy the supermarket syrups it’s because I make homemade Tropical Dominican/Puerto Rican Sodas at home, it’s cheaper than buying them. :)~