Thursday, July 22, 2010

Italian soda meets vanilla ice cream

There are countless things about summer that I love...the kids splashing in the pool, our family vacation, the longer evenings, pitchers of iced tea at the ready...I could go on and on...So in the spirit of enjoying summer, some evenings this week our family has been having fun making Italian sodas for dessert.

It is addicting, let me tell you! There were three really disappointed kids the couple of nights we didn't do it! :)

One night, I had two requests for coconut flavored Italian sodas. I didn't think it would taste good, but I was wrong!

I sampled a bit of one, and was amazed. Not only was it very, very good, it gave me an idea!

Did you know that if you add crushed pineapple and ice cream to a normal Italian soda, the result is absolute perfection? I didn't either! ;)

So, do you want to make one? Okay then, here is how you do it:

"Island Delight" Italian Soda

Fill a glass 3/4 full of ice (I used crushed, because I think it works better, but that is optional!)

For the standard sized glass, measure in about 3 Tbsp. of syrup flavoring (usually found in the coffee/tea aisle at the grocery store) on top of the ice.

Next add 2-3 Tbsp. of half and half, and then two regular spoonfuls of crushed pineapple. Pour Sprite (or seltzer water) over it, leaving a little room at the top for...vanilla iced cream! Yes, add a large spoonful or two of it to the very top, and there you have it!

I hope you all had a fantastic week! Tomorrow our little chickadees will be off to spend a week with their Nana and Papa. Every year, David and I celebrate our anniversary by going away for a few days...then for the last part of the week, I am home while he goes to work. What will I do with all this time alone, you ask? Well, the list is being made of all I hope to accomplish! We'll see what gets done!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday!



Southern Belle said...

What a fun family tradition. I'll have to try this recipe out soon. Have a wonderful vacation!

Amber M. said...

LOVE Italian sodas!

Have a wonderful time next week...lucky girl!

trish said...

Oh hello! That looks delicious. I have never heard of these and my family would love them, I am sure! :o) Can you guess what is going on my shopping list?
Thanks for sharing Jenni!
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Amy S. said...

I am definitely going to have to try that! It sounds so good!
Have an absolutely wonderful vacation! Let's get together sometime in the next few weeks. :)

Darlene said...

Hi Jenni,

Those sound DELICIOUS!! I have never had one, but YUM!!!

freckled laundry said...

Oh my. That looks so refreshing in this 100 degree weather. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my zinc nightstand tutorial. I want to see yours when it's done!

Have a great weekend,

Anonymous said...

That sounds very good! I have not heard of Italian soda. We will definitely have to try this!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Thanks for sharing. We've been having so much fun with cold drinks this summer & I'll definitely give this a try. Great job on your blog photos too.

Warmly, Michelle