How to Make Ice Cream Sodas
When the summer heat is on – a super cold drink is the perfect way to cool off. But don’t just settle for any cold beverage – how about an ice cream soda? We’re not just talking about root beer floats either – We’re talking about combinations of ice cream, fizzy soda water and whatever flavor you can dream up.
June 30th is National Ice Cream Soda Day so why not learn a little more about this summer treat? An ice cream soda or float is defined as “a beverage that consists of one or more scoops of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of flavored syrup and carbonated water.” There is some debate about who actually invented this delicious concoction, but it’s believed that the ice cream soda was invented in Philadelphia in 1874. The traditional story is that a soda fountain owner ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he sold and used vanilla ice cream from a neighbor.
Make Your Own Ice Cream Soda
So let’s go back in time to those soda jerks and soda fountains and create some delicious ice cream sodas at home!
Ina Garten is great at coming up with fun drinks. We love her recipe for Ice Cream Sodas – although she does go the extra step of making her own chocolate and raspberry syrups. We’re OK with taking the shortcut and buying those to save time!
This is a great list of the best Ice Cream Sodas – complete with recipes for Cherry Chocolate Soda and an ice cream soda that tastes like Baklava!
No matter what flavors you’re creating – you don’t want a volcano of carbonation and a big mess to cleanup. You’re busy, right?!? Put a little soda water or pop in the bottom of a tall glass with a little bit of ice cream and mix it up thoroughly. Then add ice cream and soda carefully!
Ice cream sodas are a great addition to a party – you can even let guests make their own if you like. It’s a fun way to create a special drink for a party without investing a lot of money.