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What Do I Need for a Soda Bar?

Italian sodas are not only sweet and enjoyable to drink, but they can also be a fun activity to make at home! It’s easy to set up an Italian soda bar and have your friends and family members enjoy mixing their own drinks. Whether you’re hosting a group of your child’s friends, planning a get-together, or even if you just want a fun after-lunch activity, a little Italian soda bar will be a hit. 

Whether you and your guests are choosing which flavors to mix or to trying out a new sugar-free syrup, making your own sodas will be a fun and tasty experience.

Ingredients and Materials

  • Club soda or sparkling water
  • Syrups and pumps
  • Cups with lids and straws
  • Crushed Ice
  • Whipped or heavy cream

Other materials to consider:

Syrup Labels

This step is not necessary, but if you want to make your soda bar look refined and uniform, you can include some creative syrup labels. Use cardstock to make eye-catching labels, write the name of each syrup on them, and add waterproof sticker paper so the labels remain intact when folks use the bottles to make their drinks.


Although not an important part of the bar, it is advisable to use different colors and lengths of straws if you plan to serve your drinks with them. They make the drinks more attractive, add to the celebration, and let guests more easily identify which drink is theirs. You can get classic colored straws, bendy straws, or metal straws—just ensure you use a straw cleaner to clean them, if necessary!

Stirring Sticks

These are not totally necessary, but they offer convenience for guests to easily mix up their drinks. Using festive stirrers is also a great way to include more color and creativity at your drink station!

You will also need a dirty glass tray for people to place their empty soda glasses (if you’re not using disposable cups) and remember to include cocktail napkins to keep your soda-making event spill-free!

Where Do I Get the Best Flavored Syrups?

When you’re learning how to make a soda bar, you’ll want to know where to get the best syrups available. Skinny Mixes has got you covered with the absolute best sugar-free, low-calorie, and even on-the-go syrup options in all flavors you can imagine! Some popular flavors for homemade Italian sodas include lemon-lime, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and hazelnut; we’ve got them all. 

Of course, guests can mix and match syrup flavors to make unique combinations that will suit their unique soda preferences–Italian soda has no rules when it comes to flavor!

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been wondering how to make a homemade soda bar, you may have expected the process to be complicated or expensive. However, once you find the right syrup flavors to offer, you’ll see that making a soda station right at home can be as easy as pie. Don’t forget to suggest your own favorite flavor combos to your guests–and let the Italian soda-making festivities begin!