Homemade Vanilla Cream Soda

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Make your own vanilla cream soda that beats anything you could possibly buy in the store.

You will need:
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
a healthy supply of seltzer (carbonated water), half and half, and cubed or crushed ice
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Step 1: Make syrup.

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The first thing you need to do is make some simple syrup. It's basically just a lot of sucrose crystals (table sugar) dissolved into water.

Put 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan. Put it on the stove and crank the heat up to high. Stir it up until all of the sugar is dissolved. It will look cloudy, but let the solution come to a boil and it will automagically turn clear. Once it's clear take it off the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add vanilla.

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Now that your simple syrup has cooled down a little bit, stir in a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.

Now use a funnel to pour your syrup into a storage container of some sort. A plastic salad dressing bottle works well since you'll need to be able to pour the syrup. Make sure the container is big enough. The one I use is 600 ml.

Store it in your refrigerator.

You don't want it to melt the ice in your soda, so it's best to chill it before use. I like to give it an ice bath if I want it for immediate use.

Step 3: Mix it up. Enjoy.

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Pour about an ounce and a half of the vanilla syrup into a 12 oz. glass. Add ice to preference, about 8 oz. seltzer (use more or less to taste), and just a splash of half and half.

Stir it up and you're ready to enjoy!

Alternatively, you could leave the vanilla extract out of the syrup and use it to sweeten other soda concoctions. Try, for example, plain syrup with the juice of one lime.
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Cyberdalek2 days ago


Flashdance519 days ago

great soda!

I substituted about a fourth of the sugar for honey to add a little aroma to the flavor; definitly turned out lovely!

Made it for butterbeer and was not disappointed.

JohnP402 months ago

Tasty! My syrup doesn't turn quite so dark when I add the vanilla, however; when I add it to the seltzer water, it becomes quite pale, rather than golden as in the images above. I suppose that's normal?

starforest4 months ago

Very nice recipe!

muddog152 years ago
is it supposed to foam up after being mixed?

I am two years late to the page but mine foamed up.

missy.fitch.75 months ago

Just tried this and wow... good. Really tastes like cream soda! Thanks! I did substitute regular milk for half and half. I will have to get some half and half and see how that changes the taste/texture.

missy.fitch.75 months ago

Hi I just found this recipe and had a question. Can I use regular milk or evaporated milk instead of half and half? I don't use half and half for anything and would like to be able to make this with out any items i don't already have.

RaiinbowEyes8 months ago

Thank you so much for this! I have a medical condition and can't have any off the shelf sodas as they have ingredients or preservatives that will cause me pain. I have been missing cream soda for sure!

and what is half and half ?

hencethus (author)  NatashaBjerregaard10 months ago

Half and half is half milk and half cream. I don't know if it's called something else outside of the United States, but if they don't sell it at the market where you live you can just make it yourself by mixing 1 part milk and 1 part cream. And actually, you can leave it out completely and it will turn out just fine.

can you drink it the same day? it doesn't say anything on how long it should be in fridge or anything?

hencethus (author)  NatashaBjerregaard10 months ago

Yeah, you can drink it right away. It's just better cold.


Harrymatic3 years ago
Just made this now, it is amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
rlpmoose4 years ago
So, I recently got the Sodastream machine. And i love the "I-can-have-carbonated-water-whenever-i-want" part of it, but unfortunatley, the syrups sold with the equipment is terrible. I have been searching the web for a decent creamsoda recipe and yours seemed like a good one to try :) I am actually chilling the syrup as we speak.
I do have one question on the measurments, however. I have real difficulties in converting measurements and since the Sodastream only makes quantities of water in liters, and i try to avoid the switching of containers at all cost, I had to try to convert some things. Also, I couldn't seem to find an Oz. measuring device in our kitchen so i tried to convert to cups as well. I came up with around 3/4 of a cup of the syrup for a one litter bottle of "bubbly" water. :)
If you ever get around to checking to see if I am anywhere near your original quantities, that would be awesome.
With one liter of carbonated water, you'll need about 4.25 ounces of half and half* (about a half of a cup) and 6.37 ounces of the simple syrup mix (a bit more than three quarters of a cup).

*Assuming a "splash" is about an ounce

Hope this helped!
This sounds so good. I might need to try this out on my boyfriend - he loves cream soda more than anything else.
dwarnaar4 years ago
I've been randomly craving a vanilla cream soda all day. We don't keep soda in the house and the reviews for all-natural versions are mixed. But I came across your recipe to make your own at home and lucked out having all the ingredients in my house already. It's SO good! Who knew you could make your own Italian style cream soda with some Pellegrino, simple syrup, vanilla and a splash of half n half? YUM!!!
jingbudda4 years ago
That recipe sounds great! Thanks for the 'ible!
so i made this today and it was disgusting! i made the syrup just how you said, and that was good (it tasted like honey) but when i mixed it with tonic water all i could taste was the tonic water and it was really bad. did i use the wrong style of carbonated water or something? it was really bitter what did i do wrong?
Don't use tonic water. Use plain carbonated water. In the US it's usually called seltzer.
where can i get that? the only thing i saw was tonic water.
It is available at any supermarket where I live. It is usually right next to the tonic water.
thanks. i found it, and it was AMAZING!!!! So delicious. 5 stars
goddamn4 years ago
Thank you very much!! I love White rock cream soda and this stuff tastes almost exactly like that. I come from a country where almost no one has ever heard of cream soda or vanilla soda so I have to rely on stores that import it themselves. unfortunately there are no such store close to where I live. Anyway, now it doesn't matter. Thanks to you I can drink cream soda whenever I want to. :D
This looks so good! Will definitely make for the 4th of July this weekend.
so would perrier's work for this?
probably, but it would be more expensive.
and lemoney
as in the snickett kind, or just regular lemoney?
perrier has lemon or lime juice in it.
only in bottles that are labeled as such. They have just plain mineral water as well.
as in reference to lemony snickett, the author of "a series of unfortunate events".
you are funny!
yeah, I make no sense. but I do regularly make pterodactyl noises. SQWAAAAAAWKKK!
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