June 26, 2014

Fourth of July French Sodas

The first time I ever had a French soda was at a Borders Books cafe (RIP) and I thought it was basically the best thing I'd ever drunk.

18+ years later, they are still one of my favorites.

This Fourth of July version is super easy and festive (and check out the bottom of the post for a couple of fun variations).

You'll need:
  • Blueberries
  • Sparkling Water
  • Flavored Syrup in red (I used Torani Raspberry; you can buy it at World Market or Sam's Club or a bunch of grocery stores) 
  • Half-and-half or whipping cream
  • Ice Cube Tray
Pack the ice cube trays tightly with blueberries and then pour sparkling water over them until full. Freeze until solid (mine took about three hours).

Put three or four ice cubes in each glass then fill 3/4 full with sparkling water.

Add a few squirts of flavored syrup to taste and then pour in 2-3 Tablespoons of half-and-half or cream. Serve immediately.


  • If you want to set your glasses out beforehand and don't want your ice to melt, just layer the blueberries in the bottom of the glass and skip freezing them into ice cubes. Just make sure your sparkling water is cold so you're not drinking lukewarm soda. Yuck. 
  • Combine strawberries and blueberries (or other fruits of your choice) in the ice cubes for additional color and flavor. 
  • Go monochrome and use strawberries or cherries or raspberries with your red syrup. 
  • Instead of the half-and-half or cream, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a fruity float. 
  • Add a few pumps of Almond Roca syrup to your soda. I love raspberry and almond together.  


  1. I am gasping behind my computer screen! I am totally making these. Thanks sista.

  2. I've always known these as Italian sodas, not French. Huh. Delicious, though!

    1. Me too. Love them, whatever they're called!

    2. Everything I've read says an Italian soda is sparkling water and syrup, while a French soda has the addition of cream or milk.

  3. I've never heard of this, but it looks so good! I will def have to try this out!

    Lauren | http://www.livelovelauren.com

  4. I am definitely going to try this! I have more fresh blackberries in my backyard than I know what to do with...

    Amber @ Casual Readers

  5. Love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!


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