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Neon Italian Cream Sodas


Neon Italian Cream Sodas |

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.

Neon Italian Cream Sodas | Neon Italian Cream Sodas |

Neon Italian Cream Sodas |
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Neon Italian Cream Sodas

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8 -10 Sodas


  • For the neon pink simple syrup:
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  • 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
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  • For the Italian cream sodas one serving:
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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