Italian Soda Recipe


This Italian Soda Recipe is a healthy alternative to many store bought options.

This Italian Soda Recipe is a healthy alternative to many store bought syrups and brands out there. We use fruit and a simple syrup to sweeten the beverage and allow you to customize based on your favorite flavors.

Let me be real with you for a minute. If you’re just starting out with a plant-based diet, one of the worst thing you can do is guzzle down a soda. They’re fizzy, caffeinated and something you crave. They’re also something you prob don’t really want to give it up.

That was me and Diet Cherry Coke. Every time I’d get gas in college, I’d also grab a cold one from the cooler. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired… you need to change how you fuel your body. Cutting out the artificial high from soda is a good step to take. This homemade swap is a MUCH better choice and can be a fun treat to enjoy on a special day with your loved ones.

Perks to Homemade Soda

  1. Most canned drinks are bad for you. Especially the “Diet” versions. Just because the word “diet” is in it, doesn’t make it good for you. The artificial sweeteners and chemicals in soda are not only terrible for you, but they also make you crave sweets even more. This homemade Italian soda recipe uses the cleanest ingredients out there to enjoy a refreshing soda on a hot day. When you eat real food, your body responds with strength and energy.
  2. Each variation of this homemade soda recipe is amazing! You control how much flavor and sweetness you want to create a refreshing drink.

How to Make Italian Soda

There are two steps to making your own homemade soda. First, you need to make a “simple syrup” using fruits and flavors that you love. My favorites are included below in the recipe card.

You’ll have to boil the syrup down into a concentrated form to get the flavor to really punch. Once that’s done, you just add a few tablespoons to a glass of sparkling water and you’ve got the perfect summer drink!

Using eco-friendly straws is a simple way to make this drink even more special. You can find colorful Reusable Stainless Steel Straws in our online shop. You can also get paper straws that re single use, yet biodegradable as well. These are much better choices than plastic straws.

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Italian Soda Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


When you embrace a plant-powered life and try to avoid processed foods, sodas are one of the first things to go. This recipe is a fabulous way to bring back “soda” in a nutritious way. My kids still don’t like carbonated beverages, but as they get older and their tastes change, I know what we will be making first!



1 cup sparkling water + 2 Tbsp Simple Fruit Syrup

Pick a Simple Fruit Syrup Combo from the selection below.

Strawberry-Vanilla Syrup

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups strawberries
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise


Peach Rosemary Syrup

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chopped peaches
  • sprig of rosemary


Lavender Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender buds


Mango Jalapeño Syrup

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chopped mango
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄2 jalapeño chile pepper, sliced


Simple Fruit Syrup

  1. Choose a flavor from the ones above and create a simple syrup. Place the sugar, water, fruit, and any other ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the fruit has released its juices and is very, very soft.
  2.  Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds, peels, and other solids. There should be about 2 cups of syrup. Allow to cool, then transfer to a jar with a tight- fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for several months until ready to use.

Italian Soda Recipe

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of the strained syrup to 1 cup sparkling water. Serve chilled or over ice.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: One pan
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: homemade soda

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Christian says:

    There’s a way to post a fraction that works better. It just takes a simple HTML special character.

  2. Ka says:

    Where do you get the dried lavender buds? We don’t have a Trader Joe’s where I live.

  3. Ashley Zimmerling says:

    I’m excited to try!!

    Is 11/2 cups supposed to be 1 & 1/2 cups? Wondering if it’s a font/print glitch.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Good catch, Ashley! Yes, it’s one and a half (1 + 1/2) cups. We’ll fix that font issue. 🙂

  4. Samantha says:

    I have been thinking how great it would be to have a refreshing summer drink that is healthy! Thank you for doing the Hard work to discover the recipes. I can’t wait to try the Peach version with our fresh Georgia peaches!

  5. Erin says:

    definitely trying this for the next pool party, I’ve even got strawberries on hand. I love that you can make the syrup ahead of time.


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