Ice Cream Soda
I found a recipe online for Italian cream sodas and it sounded absolutely delicious, so I thought I'd give it a try. It was relatively simple, just pour and wait for the beautiful designs in the red mix as it makes its way to the bottom of the glass. Top this with whipped cream and a cherry.
I started out trying to find the Torani syrup the author used, noting that the author's came from Walmart. Before I even made it out the door, I started to think of other ways to make this. Surely you could use the coffee flavoring from Starbucks or even substitute a liqueur, such as Amaretto, Chambord Raspberry or even chocolate liqueur.
I normally don't drink, but this took me back to the days when everyone served scrumptious Golden Cadillacs made with Galliano and Creme de Cacao at get-togethers. Now I really wanted to make this drink, but the non-alcoholic version so the whole family could enjoy it.
I first stopped for coffee at Starbucks. When I go shopping, it's one of my treats and a good place to buy syrups. Before I finished my shopping quest at Olive Gardens, which by the way also had flavored syrups for sale at the counter, I already had four types of coffee syrups and five bottles of Torani syrups.
There are so many different types of flavorings and combinations you could make, it seemed almost illegal to stop at just a raspberry vanilla combo. There were all types of flavors, some were even sugar free. While the raspberry vanilla was delicious, I made another two flavors that were excruciatingly delicious.
Of course, now I have to create other drinks and dishes to use up some of the leftover flavoring. One bottle goes a long way. The Torani was the best deal, only costing $4+ when you add tax. But Starbucks had some unique syrups that also are delicious and I can just add them to my coffee.....and of course top it with plenty of whipped cream.