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.  

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  • Reply Rebecca Lately June 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    That sounds delicious!

  • Reply Anna @ IHOD June 27, 2014 at 1:18 am

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

  • Reply Camille Millecam Whiting June 27, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Yum! So making these!

  • Reply Alisha June 27, 2014 at 5:33 am

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

    • Reply Mary June 27, 2014 at 5:54 am

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

    • Reply Janssen June 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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

  • Reply Lauren June 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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

    Lauren |

  • Reply Amber Lovell Boone June 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

    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

  • Reply Kristie K. July 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

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