Introduction: 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

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.


muddog15 (author)2013-01-02

is it supposed to foam up after being mixed?

missy.fitch.7 (author)muddog152015-02-15

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

neferset (author)missy.fitch.72017-01-07

I think that's normal. I made chocolate cherry egg creams with cherry soda, chocolate syrup, and milk. The point of that is the foam.

sir fishton (author)2016-08-03

how much does this make

AxelH5 made it! (author)2016-02-14

I modified it.

SODOWOLF (author)AxelH52016-04-29

In what way?

AnnaB100 (author)2016-04-20

What would happen if you just used water? I can't have any carbonated sodas and I am really craving cream soda and butterbeer

joejojejoeje made it! (author)2016-01-07


JohnP40 (author)2015-05-10

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?

Oddballmatt (author)JohnP402015-10-05

Try to find some raw cane sugar instead of dominos granulated sugar. You will get a better tasting, and more appealing colored mix

Sodastreamer (author)2015-08-29

I made this cream soda and it was good! I changed the recipie a little and made my own home made root beer. All you have to do is substitute the vanilla extract out for about 2 1/2 to 3 teaspoons of root beer extract/concentrate. It was delicious! I like the brand McCormick Rootbeer concentrate the best, but any Rootbeer extract will work.

Also, use about 3/4 of a cup per liter of carbonated water, or just less than a quarter of a cup (about 1/5 of a cup, or .18 of a cup to be exact) per cup of carbonated water.

Also, don't add half and half unless you want your Rootbeer tasting like a Rootbeer float! But then again, that might taste good anyway!

Flashdance5 (author)2015-07-11

great soda!

DeChattyTroll (author)2015-06-05

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

LegendaryNarwhal (author)2015-05-21

Made it for butterbeer and was not disappointed.

starforest (author)2015-03-26

Very nice recipe!

missy.fitch.7 (author)2015-02-15

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.7 (author)2015-02-15

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.

RaiinbowEyes (author)2014-11-22

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!

NatashaBjerregaard (author)2014-09-24

and what is half and half ?

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.

NatashaBjerregaard (author)2014-09-24

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

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

sickdevotee63 (author)2014-04-02


rlpmoose (author)2011-02-05

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.

popewill (author)rlpmoose2012-02-12

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!

jessyratfink (author)2012-02-11

This sounds so good. I might need to try this out on my boyfriend - he loves cream soda more than anything else.

dwarnaar (author)2011-08-02

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!!!

jingbudda (author)2011-02-10

That recipe sounds great! Thanks for the 'ible!

the mechanical engineer (author)2010-12-18

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

goddamn (author)2010-08-29

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

americangypsy (author)2010-06-29

This looks so good! Will definitely make for the 4th of July this weekend.

Not a huge genius (author)2006-10-04

so would perrier's work for this?

probably, but it would be more expensive.

Bartboy (author)codongolev2008-10-09

and lemoney

codongolev (author)Bartboy2008-10-09

as in the snickett kind, or just regular lemoney?

Bartboy (author)codongolev2008-10-09

perrier has lemon or lime juice in it.

uberchoob (author)Bartboy2009-09-02

only in bottles that are labeled as such. They have just plain mineral water as well.

codongolev (author)Bartboy2008-10-10

as in reference to lemony snickett, the author of "a series of unfortunate events".

softsecret (author)codongolev2009-07-11

you are funny!

bombmaker2 (author)codongolev2008-12-24


codongolev (author)bombmaker22008-12-24

yeah, I make no sense. but I do regularly make pterodactyl noises. SQWAAAAAAWKKK!

softsecret (author)codongolev2009-07-11


spenfisher12 (author)2009-08-28

Is 400 degrees hot enough

lil jon168 (author)2008-07-09

wow if u put the vanilla in when its cool its alcholic because vanilla has alchol in it to preseve it

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