Friday, June 23, 2017

Squid Mixes: Italian Soda

Left to right: grapefruit, raspberry and almond
I had simple desires for Father's Day this year.  I wanted to watch a movie ("Ferris Beuller, you're my hero.").  I wanted to play games.  I wanted to go for a walk.  I wanted to mix drinks.

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.

10 comments:

  1. Not as sweet? Torani syrups always strike me as -too- sweet.

    I was at a softball tournament with my daughter all of father's day weekend.

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    1. My housemates didn't complain so perhaps it was alright by them.

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  2. ummmm this looks and sound terrific. So pretty.
    I have never tried them. I see the Torani all the time at Cost Plus but I just do not know how to use them.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. So easy: 1 oz of syrup over ice, top off with seltzer.

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  3. Would you mind sending me the non-alcoholic recipe? I'd love to try my hand making a soda! I always love them.

    Jessica

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    1. Gladly! I will leave a comment on your blog with the crazy simple recipe.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great Father's Day doing exactly what you wanted. The soda sounds good. I made my own soda only once- when I was in Girl Scouts growing up. It was a lot of fun. I do remember it being sweet. I had no idea Italian soda was a US invention. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. My pleasure! It was a very nice Father's Day.

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  5. Ooo~ I remember LOVING Italian soda as a kid. For some reason it never occurred to me that I could just go make it.

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