Italian Ice Cream Soda / Float Recipe

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.

ice cream float
Italian ice cream soda float
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.

ice cream float

Italian Ice Cream Soda / Float Recipe

Italian Ice Cream Soda / Float Recipe

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Recipe by: Calleigh |
Category: Drinks
Italian Ice Cream Soda / Float Recipe


180.67 kcal
  1. 1/2 cup Club Soda
  2. 3 TBSP Torani Syrup (our favorite combo was Raspberry Vanilla- 2 TBSP Raspberry to 1 TBSP Vanilla)
  3. 1 tbsp Half & Half
  4. 3 ice cubes
  5. whipped cream and a cherry for the top!


5 minutes
  1. Add ice cubes to glasses. Measure out about 1/2 cup Club Soda and pour into each glass. (If you are using larger glass, just double the amount all of the ingredients).
  2. Measure out 3 TBSP Torani syrup. (I bought mine from Amazon bbut you can find Torani at the coffee section of your grocery market.The bottles cost about $3.50 each and will make about 12-14 of the drinks at least.
  3. Add the syrup to the soda. Just before serving add the 1 TBSP of Half & Half to the soda/syrup mixture. This is the fun part- as the cream seeps down it makes a really cool design on the glass.
  4. Try and not shake the glasses around too much so that the design is preserved- serve with whipped cream and a cherry on top, as well as something to stir with prior to drinking.
  5. It’s fun to admire the cool swirls of the syrup and cream, but encourage everyone to give it a little stir before drinking so that all the flavors meld.

Nutrition Facts

Italian Ice Cream Soda / Float Recipe


Amount Per Serving
Calories 180.67 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.78 g 2.7%
Saturated Fat 1.08 g 5.4%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 5.55 mg 1.9%
Sodium 38.21 mg 1.6%
Total Carbohydrate 42.18 g 14.1%
Dietary Fiber 0.17 g 0.7%
Sugars 37.97 g
Protein 0.55 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ice Cream Soda Float - While the raspberry vanilla was delicious, I made another two flavors that were excruciatingly delicious.

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