|Left to right: grapefruit, raspberry and almond|
Round one was non-alcoholic, of course, so my daughter could enjoy it, too. While we had some Torani syrups in the house, the supply was running low so a Saturday trip to the store was in order. Unfortunately, that adventure was disappointing. The Torani site's store locator sent me to Price Chopper. I was hoping for the vast array one sees on a shelf behind the counter at a great coffeehouse: lychee, blood orange, passion fruit, etc. Unfortunately, PC's modest selection catered to more predictable tastes: vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and raspberry. We have gotten more exciting flavors in the past, though always through mail order. I guess that's what I'll need to do in the future. We were low on raspberry so the trip wasn't a total loss.
Yes, I know I could make my own and I have in the past but that requires more effort than I was looking for on Father's Day. Plus, the bottled variety is more shelf-stable. That probably speaks to icky chemicals but I can live with it.
Italian soda is actually an American invention, first introduced in San Francisco in 1925. I got my recipe from The New York Bartender's Guide. They turned out well, though not quite as sweet as I would have liked. Now, I seem to recall that when I've made them before, I have used 1.5 oz of syrup rather than the 1 in the recipe. I'll have to remember that for next time. Mind you, they still hit the spot in our recent sweltering heat. Plus, they're pretty.