French Soda (or Italian Cream Soda) Recipe

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.

Soda Ingredients

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.

cream 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.

I lead a glamorous life and now you can too.

French Sodas
  1. 1 glass that holds 2 1/2 cups of liquid
  2. Ice
  3. 1 can of soda (you won't use the whole can)
  4. 1/8 c. flavored syrup
  5. splash of cream (about 2 tbsp)
  6. whipped cream (optional)
  7. fancy straw (optional)
  1. Mix together in a concoction of pure happiness. Drink. Repeat.
The Accidental Okie


  1. I love french sodas, but have never tried to make them on my own. I think a delicious, fizzy drink is a perfect way to cool off in this stifling heat! We will be trying these!

  2. Ashley Brice says:

    Hey Sarah, I didn’t realize you had a blog – great post! Looks yummy and I am glad you mentioned buying the cans of club soda because I never go through a liter fast enough.

  3. Mabruka says:

    Is it possible to make a large batch of this? I’m in charge of punch at a work baby shower and these sound yummy.

    • Hi Mabruka! I don’t think this would work for a large batch – the foamy cream would go flat too fast. My favorite punch for a group is one-to-one cans of frozen white grape juice concentrate and two-liter bottles of ginger ale. It’s not as sweet as some punches and it looks really classy!

  4. These look soooo good! and fancy! I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe sometime soon 🙂

  5. Wow! I was looking for a recipe because I wanted a yummy drink to enjoy before I settle in front of the TV. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to drink (or watch) but now I’m going to go make myself a strawberry French soda – and watch Monk! 🙂 Looks like you’ve solved all my problems this evening. Thank you!!!

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