Vanilla Ice Cream Soda Recipe

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Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

Vanilla Ice Cream Soda Recipe

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

With very little effort you can make an awesome ice cream soda in your own kitchen. The ingredients are easy enough to come by: seltzer, milk, vanilla syrup, and vanilla ice cream, but as with any deceptively simple dish, it's worthwhile to splurge on the top of the line stuff; for me that means making a homemade quick vanilla bean simple syrup (the leftovers are great for cocktails or iced coffee!) and using either homemade ice cream or my favorite store bought vanilla. Creamy and sweet, this is makes for a nice cool down treat on a hot day, just make sure you have a straw or two on hand for optimal sipping enjoyment.

One of the joys of the ice cream soda is that as the ice cream melts it further sweetens the drink. With that in mind, I only include a tablespoon of syrup. If you have a sweet tooth feel free to add a bit more to taste.

  • Yield:Serves 1
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup homemade or best quality store bought vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup seltzer

Directions

  1. 1.

    In a tall glass, add vanilla syrup and milk and use a long spoon to mix together thoroughly. Top with several scoops of ice cream and 1/2 to 1 cup of seltzer depending on the capacity of your glass. Serve immediately.