Growing up in Salem, New Hampshire there was not a lot to do. One of our hang out of choice during high school was the Barnes & Noble Cafe where we could sip drinks made by our friends behind the counters and read books or magazines we had no intentions of buying. Occasionally I would have an Italian soda flavored with a fruit syrup. When I was feeling daring I would make it a French Soda by topping it with a touch of cream.
Whether you prefer an Italian Soda, or a French Soda, they are delicious concoctions worthy of being included in this month’s non-alcoholic temperance edition of Mixology Mondy hosted by Shake, Strain & Sip. I recreated a raspberry French Soda, the taste of my youth in strip mall hell, using homemade raspberry syrup, soda water, and heavy cream.
Raspberry Simple Syrup:
– 1 cup raspberries
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1 cup water
Combine 1 cup of raspberries, 3/4 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water in a large sauce pan. Mash the berries with a fork, stir, bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer the dark red concoction for 15 minutes. Strain, bottle and chill.
Fill tall glass with ice. Add raspberry syrup and top off with soda water while stirring. Add a splash of heavy cream, stir, and serve.
I decreased the amount of sugar in the raspberry simple syrup by 1/4 of a cup in an attempt to allow it to have a stronger raspberry flavor, and it worked. The drink was fizzy, sweet, and creamy. My wife, Becky, loved it and stole the one I made for herself. For more great temperance inspired recipes check out this month’s MiMo roundup.