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Author Notes: I really love an old fashioned cream soda and I usually make a vanilla simple syrup and make my own. Using the same idea instead of sugar I used maple syrup, vanilla bean, vanilla paste and some lemon peel. The maple syrup gives it a complexity that sugar doesn't. Just add some ice and seltzer or club soda and enjoy. I used vanilla paste but if you don't have it use 2 vanilla beans. This also makes a great ice cream soda! - sdebrango
Food52 Review: There's a simple brilliance to this recipe. The grade A maple I used caramelized a bit, adding depth to the flavor. Vanilla adds that welcome creamy hug and the lemon is such an unexpected twist. Maple is a warm, fall & winter flavor [for me at least] but sdebrango's recipe is a great celebration of spring & summer maple. And can I tell you how delicious my grown-up float was? 3 oz maple cream syrup, 1.5 oz bourbon, 8 oz seltzer and one hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream, a simple and satisfying dessert. - Food52
Makes 4-6 (depends on serving size)
- 1 cup maple syrup (Grade A or B)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
- 1 2 inch wide slice of lemon rind (not the white pith)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla bean the seeds, lemon, vanilla paste and water to a sauce pan bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit until the syrup cools to room temperature. To store pour it in a lidded jar include the vanilla bean and remove the lemon rind. Refrigerate. I recommend letting it sit overnight before using as the vanilla and maple will meld producing a more intense flavor.
- To make the soda, add 2- 3 tbs maple/vanilla syrup to an 8 oz glass, add seltzer or club soda, ice cubes and enjoy. This is great as an ice cream float, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can adjust the amount of syrup to suit your taste.