Despite its name, Italian sodas are actually an American tradition, most often attributed to the Torre brothers, a pair of Italian immigrants. While living in San Francisco in 1925, they decided to elevate the already popular American soda fountain and add their own flavored syrups to the mix. With a blend of both American and Italian sentiments, there is nothing quite like an Italian soda.
These drinks were handcrafted with a base of sparkling water like Galvanina Sparkling Water and got a splash of flavored syrup like Toschi’s Grenadine Syrup for a cherry-like flavor. Some vendors would also offer to add cream to your beverage to make a handmade Italian cream soda! It was a treat that swept the nation and still holds our attention today — although now you don’t have to go to a diner to get an Italian soda.
Many pop lovers across the globe now opt to buy Italian soda by the bottle to satisfy their soda cravings. Some of the most popular Italian soda flavors live in the citrus family like lemon and clementine. For a classic lemon kick, try a bottle of Galvanina Lemon Soda or crack open a can of San Pellegrino Limonata Sparkling Beverage. This bright and zesty beverage is a sparkling treat worthy of a fancy glass.
Blood orange is another fan favorite that is equally worthy of a celebratory mug. Treat yourself to a bottle of Arancia Rossa by A' Siciliana at any time of the day and you will get a taste of the good life. This richly flavored soda is made in Sicily for an authentic Italian flavor.
If you want to explore a more unconventional flavor, Italian soda brands love to experiment with exciting flavor combinations. Take Galvanina for example: This classic Italian brand expertly crafts flavors like Peach Tea using high-quality Indian tea, juice from organic nectarines from the region of Emilia-Romagna of Italy, and just a pinch of organic cane sugar. If that is not adventurous enough for you, try Galvanina’s Organic Tangerine and Prickly Pear Soda. This unique combination is pure Sicily in a glass.
To explore the entire diaspora of Italian soda flavors and celebrate your life in style, check out Yummy Bazaar’s hand-selected collection of sparkling sodas.