Italian soda is a simple drink, and the secret to its long-lasting popularity lies in that simplicity.
Created back in 1925, the original Italian soda was simple sparkling water flavored with fruit syrup. The original creators, San Fransisco-based immigrants from Tuscany, combined their family sweet syrup recipes with the soda water resulting in a drink that took their predominantly Italian community by storm and soon reached across the pond. Soon enough, it was the most famous sparkling drink in Italy. Italian soda may not have been able to maintain that crown continuously, but it has remained one of the staple soft drinks in the country and has expanded its popularity over several continents since.
Chinotto soda is thought to be the first authentically Italian soda. It was created by San Pellegrino in the 1930s and used to be the most popular drink in Italy in the 1950s. It’s still one of their signature products to this day. Chinotto soda has been slowly regaining popularity since the 1990s, with other major manufacturers like Galvanina adding it to their selections.
Containing no caffeine or alcohol, Italian soda is one of the most consumption-friendly sparkling beverages on the market nowadays, suitable for all, from kids to the elderly.
(A tip: add a bit of half-and-half to your Italian soda and decorate it with whipped cream if you want to have a taste of Italian cream soda, or Cremosa, as Italians call it).