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Cherry Vanilla Rose Italian Cream Soda

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Cherry Vanilla Rose Italian Cream Soda ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #Italian #cream #soda #recipe

Several years ago, my daughter and I were out with one of my friends and we went to a quaint little coffee shop downtown where they had Italian Cream Sodas. My daughter was tempted to try one, but a little reluctant. With a little encouragement, she went ahead and ordered one and immediately fell in love.

And while Italian cream sodas in lovely little coffee shops are fun, but not very practical when you have a fascination obsession with them. So my daughter and I discovered a couple years ago that it’s quite doable, and much easier on the waistline AND the pocketbook, to make them at home. It’s also a wonderful use for an overabundance of fruit you need a quick use for. In the past two years, we’ve made several different flavors of Italian Cream Sodas, and this year we decided it was time to do a CHERRY version. With roses. Because, you know, roses. They smell so wonderful and they taste soooo good.

If you don’t have a good source of chemical-free roses, you can skip that part and your cream sodas will still be marvelous. You can really taste and smell the roses, though. Here’s a Cherry Vanilla Rose cream soda before the cream–isn’t it a gorgeous color?

Cherry Vanilla Rose Italian Cream Soda ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #Italian #cream #soda #recipe

Cherry Vanilla Rose Italian Cream Soda

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 10 oz. of syrup - so roughly 10 cream sodas per batch

Cherry Vanilla Rose Italian Cream Soda


    For the cherry vanilla rose syrup:
  • About 1 lb of sweet cherries, washed
  • 6 large organic roses, washed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (or equivalent amount of Stevia -- I used a mix of sugar and stevia)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For each soda:
  • Ice
  • About 5- 6 oz. club soda
  • 1 shot cherry vanilla rose syrup
  • 1 shot fat free half & half
  • Fresh cherries, for garnish


  1. Several hours (or days) ahead of time, put the whole cherries in a medium saucepan. No need to pit them (unless you so desire) because we'll be straining out the pits later. Pull the petals off the roses and add to the pan. Add the water and sugar and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until the syrup is a beautiful rosy cherry color and smells totally intoxicating. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Let the syrup cool, then strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a bottle. Squeeze the cherries well to squeeze all the juice out of them. Keep the syrup in a covered bottle or jar in the fridge.
  3. When it's time to make the sodas, take a tall glass and add a bunch of ice cubes. Pour the club soda in, then add a shot of the cherry syrup. Stir to mix up the syrup in the soda, then slowly pour a shot of the half & half on top, watching the wonderful swirls that the cream makes in the soda.
  4. Garnish with a cherry ... let the guests stir & enjoy!


Prep & cook time doesn't include the time for the syrup to cool.

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This recipe was shared at Munching Mondays, Simple Supper TuesdayTreasure Box TuesdayWine’d Down WednesdayCast Party WednesdayThursday Favorite Things, Gluten Free Friday and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.


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11 Responses

  1. Patty Johnson

    where do you get organic roses? It looks good but i question the roses. And do you have the carb count on this. Or can you give me the nutritional count.

    July 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Patty, we use roses from our garden that we don’t spray with any chemicals or pesticides. If you don’t have a source of roses that you trust, you can use culinary rosewater in place of the water … or just skip the roses. The carb count depends on how much sugar you use. If you use all stevia, it would be really low. If you use all sugar, well, then it would be much higher.

      July 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  2. Evie

    Is there some vanilla extract added to the rose syrup? I was wondering where the vanilla flavor came from.

    July 14, 2014 at 2:08 am

    • Ann

      Oops, I accidentally forgot to mention the vanilla … just fixed the recipe. Sorry about that, Evie!

      July 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

  3. Looks amazing Ann, I can’t wait to try it! Nettie

    July 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks so much, Nettie!

      July 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm

  4. Ohh I love your cream soda’s Ann! This one looks just as good, and its cherry season, perfect!

    July 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  5. This looks so exquisite and refreshing! I’ve never had an Italian soda but will definitely be pinning this so I can try it at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

    July 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

  6. Oh my goodness how wonderfully refreshing and beautiful too.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

    July 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

  7. Lovely color, delicious too, I will make it. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning

    July 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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