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Italian Sodas Made Simple

Small Group Idea(1)

When I received my first espresso maker, I became excited. Our small group met twice a month, and I wanted to make lattes and fancy coffee drinks for them. But the time spent to create each drink nearly took up an hour of our two hour meeting. Instead, I discovered a wide assortment of Italian Soda possibilities that our small group recently enjoyed.

Letting them pick their soda and flavors added a different appeal and a touch of festivity. It’s these kind of treats that can liven up your group meeting fairly inexpensively, especially if you have a group like mine where there are many diet restrictions.

Ingredients:

Gingerale or 7up

Jar of Maraschino Cherries

Whipped cream

half n half

Nector Juice

Cranberry Juice

Drink Possibilities:

Cherry Italian Soda: Add one can of gingerale or 7up to a dinner glass. Holding back the cherries, pour in a little of the cherry juice to taste, toss in two or three cherries. For a Cherry Italian Cream Soda, add a little half n half to the drink and top with whipped cream and a cherry (see above picture).

Cranberry Italian Soda, Mango Italian Soda:Use same process as above, but use the Nector juice or cranberry juice for flavoring.

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