Neon Italian Cream Sodas

7/13/2016

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Is it a dessert… or is it a drink!? Whatever it is it’s hot pink and that means I’m IN! We’ve got a recipe for neon Italian cream sodas today and guess what! That neon color? It’s all natural!!!! Wowza.

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Neon Italian Cream Sodas
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Yield: 8-10 Sodas
 
Ingredients
  • For the neon pink simple syrup:

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ of a (3.5oz) pack of frozen pitaya (aka pink dragon fruit, found ours at Whole Foods!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • For the Italian cream sodas (one serving):

  • 1 cup berry flavored sparkling water (that does NOT contain citric acid)
  • 3 tablespoons pink dragon fruit simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon half & half
  • whipped cream (for garnish)
  • maraschino cherries (for garnish)
Directions
  1. Start by making the neon pink simple syrup. Bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil, then reduce heat to low and stir in ½ a pack of frozen pitaya.* Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, the pitaya has melted, and the syrup has thickened slightly.
  2. After ten minutes, remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Then, strain the pitaya seeds out through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer the neon pink simple syrup into a heatproof container and refrigerate until cold.
  3. When you’re ready to serve the sodas, fill a glass with 1 cup of berry sparkling water. Stir in the simple syrup and drizzle in a tablespoon of half & half.
  4. Garnish the Neon Italian Cream Sodas with whipped cream and a cherry!

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Photos by Jeff Mindell | Recipe by Rachel Kivlahan

Ever had an Italian cream soda? Better late than never!!!

p.s. How to make bright natural food coloring!

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