Maple Cream Soda

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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
  1. 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.
  2. To make the soda, add 2- 3 tbs soda 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.

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Ehanhan4

about 2 years ago nomnivorous

As my testing notes show, this recipe is fab! My bourbon maple cream float was so heavenly. Thanks again, sdebrango!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much for testing this and your bourbon maple cream soda will be on the agenda, sounds amazing!! So glad you liked it

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about 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love the idea of a maple vanilla syrup - they go so well together. Sounds sweet and refreshing, creamy and indulgent - right up my alley

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks KB, it is sweet and really good! I made a mistake in the recipe used 2 tbs not 3 per 8 oz glass.

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about 2 years ago jenniebgood

I am definitely making this drink this weekend! Yummy.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much I hope you enjoy!!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

This sounds fabulous!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you, so simple and really tasty!!

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about 2 years ago lorigoldsby

S! you are starting the summer drink dash off early--thank you! As soon as I'm over this old and can taste again--I'm trying this!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Oh Lori I hope you feel better soon, I've been having summer drinks almost all winter its been so warm here in NYC. I do look forward to making lots of flavored syrups and ice cream floats. Thank you so much.

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about 2 years ago drbabs

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yum

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you Dr B, just spiked with a little domaine du Canton and it was a tasty cocktail.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! I wonder if I could use extra seedless pods to get the vanilla flavor - I save them after I scrape them for just such things.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Yes you can, I had some that I saved and used for this and added the vanilla paste for the extra oommph of vanilla. I used 2 seedless pods and they are sitting in the jar infusing with the syrup.

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about 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Hardlikeamour - you could also dry the seedless pods (in the microwave or oven) and make some vanilla powder. I usually make vanilla powder, though using the entire (dried) pod - it is awesome, nothing goes to waste and I get more mileage.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, KB, that's a great idea!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you, I love the idea of maple syrup instead of sugar also. It's really good with ice cream. Thank you!

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about 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Love it! I'm always looking for more soda options to make with our SodaStream and this sounds like such a treat (especially with vanilla ice cream...).