This dairy-free strawberry Italian cream soda is made with balsamic roasted strawberries.
I’ve learned over the years that I simply have no impulse control when it comes to farmer’s markets. The number of bags I bring and my ability to carry it all back seem to be the only deterrents to my need to snatch up everything in sight.
That holds particularly true for berry season so of course I’m swimming in strawberries at the moment, and raspberries and blackberries are next on my list.
Simple yet sophisticated, this strawberry Italian cream soda is made for this time of year when strawberries are at their sweetest and most abundant; each refreshing sip showcasing their sweetness while balanced with a hint of acidity and creaminess.
Luckily, this pretty pink drink is just a slice, stir and roast away from hitting your glass.
How to make a strawberry Italian cream soda:
You start with a pile of strawberries, sliced thin, then add honey (or maple syrup if you prefer) for added sweetness along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for depth and acidity. The berries roast and release their ruby-hued juices, creating concentrated syrup rich with the flavors of ripe berries that serves as the base of the drink.
Next you add some fizz in the form of sparkling water and top it all off with a layer of coconut milk that sink and swirl into the glass creating ribbons of pink as you stir. (There’s something innately luxurious about the pairing of berries and cream don’t you think?) Of course feel free to swap out strawberries for other berries here as they come into season. A raspberry cream soda would be equally delicious. And while I’ve included measurements for the syrup and coconut milk, there’s really no wrong way to make an Italian cream soda. Add as little or as much syrup and cream as your taste buds prefer.