When the Professor and I got married, the question of alcohol at the wedding wasn’t really an option. Between our two families, we have a spectrum of opinions on alcohol ranging from alcohol is wrong to notorious for getting a little too tipsy at social gatherings. Plus, we couldn’t afford it.
I do event planning with my job, and I’ve always noticed the benefit of having something interesting to drink when you’re in a room of strangers. It’s a great ice breaker – an instant conversation starter.
I decided that Italian Cream Sodas (also called French Sodas or Creamosas) were the way to go for our wedding.
Insert gratuitous wedding photo. This one’s my favorite.
The sodas were so popular that our caterer ran out of supplies and had to run grab more during the reception. It’s been three years and people still talk about them.
French sodas have a special place in my heart now. Not only do they feel oh so decadent, but they taste fresh and you can customize your sweetness level, which is great for me because I don’t like very sweet drinks.
On our first wedding anniversary, I bought the ingredients for French sodas and incorporated them into our special meal. Ever since then, I’ve tried to keep a bit of soda water and sugar-free vanilla syrup on hand. It’s a great way to use up a bit of cream or half and half. And here in Oklahoma where we’ve been reaching 109 degree days, they are luxuriously refreshing. They help me keep my mind off of my electricity bill.
Here’s what you need: ice, syrup, cream (or half and half), and soda water.
Measure out some syrup. You can usually find it in the coffee aisle or at gourmet stores. Start with about an 1/8 of a cup – so you can see how much syrup you like.
Add it to your ice-filled cup.
You can also mix flavors. Sometimes I make a raspberry vanilla soda, and it is quite nice.
Next is where I deviate a little. Most people add the soda water and then add the cream at the very end so that the cream slowly incorporates into the soda and looks fancy.
I add the splash of cream before adding the soda water. I like how the soda water mixes with the cream and makes big creamy, foamy bubbles. It’s sort of like a grown-up root beer float. (I forgot to take a picture. Oops.).
Unless you’re planning on making a lot of sodas at once, buy cans. Soda water goes flat quickly and a flat French soda is a sad French soda.
Look at those great bubbles! It’s sort of like adding whipped cream to the top, except not really, but it’s close and it feels decadent without extra calories from whipped cream.
After everything is incorporated, give it a taste. You may find that you like more cream or more syrup…or heck more cream and more syrup. Adjust and make a mental note so you can make perfect French sodas for years to come.
There’s nothing like a fancy, refreshing drink while sitting in your pj’s and watching reruns of Monk.
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- 1 glass that holds 2 1/2 cups of liquid
- 1 can of soda (you won't use the whole can)
- 1/8 c. flavored syrup
- splash of cream (about 2 tbsp)
- whipped cream (optional)
- fancy straw (optional)
- Mix together in a concoction of pure happiness. Drink. Repeat.