Everyone knows that too much sugar is not good for your kids Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and if you are like me, you really try to stay away from things like chemical additives and high fructose corn syrup. The thing is that when your children come in hot, sweaty and thirsty water isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t always the first thing they go for.
Italian sodas are easy to make and relatively low in sugar, especially when you make them with real fruit. The club soda dilutes the juice and gives it some fizz so the juice goes farther than it would normally, and it is more like the sodas that children are used to. Slices of fresh fruit are pretty and add a little extra flavor.
For each eight ounce drink you will need -
- 2 – 4 ounces of pure fruit juice Ã¢â‚¬â€œ any flavor
- 4 ounces of club soda
- Sliced, seasonal fresh fruit
- Keep the juice and soda chilled in the refrigerator.
- Pour the fruit juice in a glass and then add the club soda.
- Stir gently, just to blend and add sliced fruit and ice.
- Add a straw and enjoy.
You will need to adjust the ratio of club soda to juice to get the flavor that you want. Be creative! Pineapple Ã¢â‚¬â€œorange Italian soda with a slice of pineapple or lime in it is delicious. Take your favorite flavors and fresh seasonal fruit and create as many combinations as you can imagine.
You can also use these as the basis for some pretty amazing ice cream sodas!
photo credit: UggBoy