Why This Recipe Works
- Four simple ingredients are all you need to make an awesome ice cream soda at home to rival the soda fountain version.
- Splurging on homemade vanilla bean syrup and high-quality ice cream makes all the difference.
"fizzy soda water straight from the fountain, vanilla syrup, a splash of milk, and a couple generous scoops of ice cream."
Up until the late 80s, the pharmacy in my hometown had a soda fountain. Yes, a real old-fashioned soda fountain. This soda fountain was especially special because it was the one my mom grew up with. The same spot where she and her sisters would get an ice cream sundae for a quarter after picking up the latest Superman comic book. My personal favorite thing to order was the vanilla ice cream soda: fizzy soda water straight from the fountain, vanilla syrup, a splash of milk, and a couple generous scoops of ice cream.
Alas, the pharmacy sold off the soda fountain and I no longer have a spot to get my ice cream soda fix. While the social aspect of the ice cream soda (or in my case spinning around and around in those high stools at the Formica counter) was always part of the charm, 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 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.
Vanilla Ice Cream Soda Recipe
Recreate this old-fashioned soda fountain classic with a few simple ingredients at home.
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
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.
Large glass, long spoon
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 6g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 23g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|