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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 (No Sugar Added) 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.
No Sugar Added Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda - Allergy Free Alaska

 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.

All my love,
Megan

Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda (No sugar added)

Cherry Vanilla Italian Soda (No sugar added)

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

A cherry vanilla Italian soda without any artificial dyes or flavors, or any sugar.

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, 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.

Notes

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).

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Frederique

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

woah! sounds like a fantastic usage for our soda stream! We make "club soda" by simply using the soda stream machine with tap water, either drinking it plain as you would "perrier" minus all the sodium, but adding the stevia and cherries sounds even better! :) I do sometimes add a splash (ok ok a glug!) of lemon juice with natural stevia for fizzy lemonade too :)

Kelly

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

This looks & sounds amazing!! I'm always looking for healthier alternatives to soda & bubbly drinks. :)

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Thursday 17th of July 2014

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Mark Triplett

Thursday 19th of June 2014

Can you tell me how many carbs would be in this drink..Thanks..:)

Megan

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

Hi Mark, I'm not sure what the carb intake is for this recipe. You could try popping the ingredients into http://caloriecount.about.com/. That should give you the carbs and other nutritional info. ;) Megan