Friday, September 14, 2012

Mango Italian Soda

When I think of Italian Sodas, it immediately transports me into a 1950's rustic Italian Soda Shop!  Do those exist?  Well, they do in my dream world!  Instead of traditional flavors like raspberry or strawberry, I decided to add a modern spin to this bubbly and creamy drink by using fresh Mangos.  Its tang cuts some of the sweetness and its color creates a bright and fun swirling presentation.  A refreshing afternoon pick-me-up that the whole family can enjoy.

What you'll need: serves 4

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 ripe Mango (skin removed, cut in small cubes)
20 oz tonic water (or carbonated water) 5 oz per glass
1 cup half and half

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil, to make the simple syrup.  Once the sugar has dissolved (about 5 mins) remove from heat and let completely cool.  In a blender, puree the mango until completely smooth.  Add 1/2 cup of the cooled simple syrup and mix until well incorporated.  Any leftover syrup could be used later for an after dinner cocktail.  :)

Fill four tall glasses with ice, then divide the mango puree evenly into all four glasses over the ice.  Add the tonic water and stir well.  Top each glass with a 1/4 cup of half and half.  Stir slightly for a swirly effect.  Slip in a straw and slurp away.


  1. What a beautiful drink! We can't wait to make it. Thanks for sharing with us. <3