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.
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,
- 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)
- 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.
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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