Ice Cream Sodas are a Timeless Treat
The dessert brings out everyone's inner child
Grandma Tess was a gentle little woman who made delicious pies and homemade jelly. On hot summer nights she loved nothing better than an old-fashioned ice cream soda. As she finished it, she would sigh and say, “That was so good, I wish there was more.” One night, my Uncle Bob made her wish come true: He made her soda in a very large flower vase. After the surprise and laughter, Grandma, to her credit, finished the whole thing.
July, and in particular the Fourth of July weekend holiday, seems a perfect time to a make ice cream sodas for dessert. They’re simple to assemble—you can even offer a variety of flavors to please everyone—and are sure to bring out one’s inner child. In my family, that included my Grandma Tess.
RECIPE: Chocolate Ice Cream Sodas
2–3 tablespoon chocolate syrup, such as Hershey’s
2 tablespoon milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (coffee or peppermint ice cream can also be used, or frozen yogurt)
In a 12-oz glass, mix the chocolate syrup and milk. Add 2 scoops of ice cream and fill to the top with club soda. Top with whipped cream and a cherry and serve with a straw and iced tea spoon.
RECIPE: Strawberry Ice Cream Sodas
2 tbsp sweetened strawberry puree
2 tbsp milk
2 scoops strawberry ice cream
Mix strawberry puree and milk in a 12-oz glass. Add two scoops of strawberry ice cream and fill to the top with club soda. Add whipped cream and a cherry and serve with a straw and iced tea spoon.
Nancy Lynch, a self-taught cook from a family of foodies, teaches cooking classes at Orange Tree Imports and All Through the House. firstname.lastname@example.org
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