Ghoulish Egg Cream

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Scary version of the quintessential New York fountain drink. Contrary to its name, it has no eggz and really no cream. It is an art to make one and even harder to find the seltzer bottles with the siphon head to recreate that nostalgic soda fountain memory or spray on those nasty trick or treaters.

This is a non-alchoholic drink suitable for all audiences. Rated PG - Pretty Good. Yum!

See the classic version here.
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Step 1: Break into the lab...

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For this you need:

- Seltzer or plain carbonated water. You may be lucky and have one of those bar drink soda chargers which use the CO2 cartridges and pressurize the dispenser. Search for the instructables that show you how to charge your own soda water.

- milk, try not to use skim or lowfat as it does not give the desired result.

- Food coloring in assorted colors.

- Chocolate syrup - Made in Brooklyn, New York, Fox's U-Bet syrup is the only one you should use (not an endorsement of any kind but a statement of fact) OK, you may get away with lesser brands.

- Optional vanilla or strawberry flavored syrup.

- Assorted glassware from the lab. Beakers, flasks, test tubes, or measuring vials.
CAUTION: make sure these are food-safe and have not come into contact with any other chemicals.

Step 2: Pick your poison...

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You should prepare your mixing station for concocting your potion.

Decant your syrups into various test tubes or flasks. Vanilla syrup is clear so you can color it any way you want.

Decant your milk into a beaker or flask. You can add a few drops of food coloring before you add the milk or after. You can stir or not stir the milk to give it that cool streaky color. It can be colored from Neon green to blood-curdling red...

Step 3: Mix your potion...

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Use a beaker or other suitable tall glass for your drink.

Decant a good tablespoon or two worth of syrup in the drinking flask.

Decant a third of the volume of the drink container with the milk.

It doesn't matter if you add the syrup first or milk first.
KD7CAO6 years ago
Turned out to be basically the same as an Italian Soda.
caitlinsdad (author)  KD7CAO6 years ago
Had to look Italian soda up since I really have not run across it or heard it mentioned. Itialian soda is more of a coffee flavored drink similar in preparation but an egg cream has no cream or ice cubes. Thanks.
Actually, Italian sodas are usually made with the many different types of syrups used to flavor the coffee itself, but not coffee flavored. You are correct that it is served over ice and if cream is added it is actual cream or half and half rather than milk. Kudos on the cool prep work. Anything that brings out the mad scientist in us all is definitely awesome.
the italian sodas i get are generally milk, seltzer, and flavoring mixed together. really good!
Try Vanilla soft serve in lieu of the milk sometime. It's so much better. :D
caitlinsdad (author)  Sabre20126 years ago
And you get to learn about something else. :)
Would this work with any carbonated drink, say lemonade?
caitlinsdad (author)  MissPennyFarthing5 years ago
I guess you could try it with any carbonated drink but you would have different flavors and sweetness from the drink. I've never seen carbonated lemonade. I think you want the pure seltzer reacting with the milk to get a sweet creamy drink with the addition of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry syrup. Just try it.
I think carbonated lemonade might be a British thing - it's actually harder to get traditional cloudy lemonade over here than the carbonated stuff. I'll definitely try it, thanks for replying! :-)
Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!

The pink one isn't very goulish, I'm afraid
but i'ts pretty
whats it taste like? im out of ingredients, MUST GET THEM
caitlinsdad (author)  absolute zero6 years ago
Hmmm, hard to describe. It goes down smooth, rich flavor and body, nice finish. I wouldn't say it tastes like any kind of soda or pop. It's thin but full bodied. Just do it!
i cant wait to get some seltzer an syrup.....
Gjdj36 years ago
Looks good!
caitlinsdad (author)  Gjdj36 years ago
Try it. Guaranteed you will like it.
iectyx3c6 years ago
Trivia: no one knows who the u-bet girl is. But everyone knows there is u-bet and only u-bet when it comes to egg creams. You got my contest vote!
Good call pushing the Fox's syrup, it's the only way to go.
caitlinsdad (author)  thatkidwithayoyo6 years ago
Der Bradly6 years ago