Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda (No sugar added)

Alaska has had a record-setting hot summer; it’s been ahhh-mazing. This Alaskan girl’s arms aren’t halibut-belly-white anymore, they are actually kind of tan. In fact, they are the tannest they have ever been!

My ice cream maker is broken (I just ordered a replacement piece), so we’ve been enjoying popsicles, sugar free lemonade, and Cherry Vanilla Italian Sodas to beat the heat. As a rule, we don’t allow soda in our house, but I make an exception for club soda, because it’s plain carbonated water. It’s a perfect ingredient for building our own fun and healthy drinks.

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In my early 20′s I worked full time in the sales and marketing department of Alaska Airlines, and part time at a coffee shop on the weekends. Back then I didn’t think twice about making someone an Italian soda or a coffee with the various flavored syrups. Little did I know, how unhealthy there were with all the added sugar and artificial “natural flavors.” Thankfully, I know better now. And am happy to recreate some of my coffee house favorites with real, whole food ingredients.

 

Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda (No sugar added)

Yield: 1 adult serving

Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda (No sugar added)

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces club soda
  • 10-15 drops NuNatural’s Liquid Vanilla Stevia (or honey or maple syrup to taste plus 2 drops vanilla extract)
  • 10 dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved (I use frozen)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a tall glass that holds at least 22 ounces (I use these glasses), pour in half of the club soda and stir in the vanilla stevia and dark sweet cherries. Fill the glass up with ice, and pour in the remaining club soda. Stir and enjoy.

Recipe Notes from Megan

For an Italian Cream Soda, simply stir in 2 tablespoons of canned coconut milk.

This recipe will also work with raspberries or strawberries (use 3-4 whole, quartered).

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/08/02/cherry-vanilla-italian-soda-no-sugar-added/

Enjoy!

All my love,
Megan

This recipe is linked to Allergy Free Wednesdays and Wellness Weekend.

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