Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Homemade Cherry-Vanilla Cream Soda

Keep things cool with a simple, homemade version of this soda shoppe classic. Thick with the flavor of vanilla, served chilled in a tall glass, this homemade cream soda is a delightfully easy summer treat. For a special treat skip the ice and add a scoop of vanilla or cherry ice cream.

2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons Watkins Vanilla Extract
1/4 tablespoon of Watkins Almond Extract
1/4 cup cherry juice
1 quart soda water

1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and the sugar. Boil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to a thin syrup.

3. Allow the syrup to cool. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts and the cherry juice.

4. Pour 2 tablespoons of the cherry-vanilla syrup over ice cubes in a tall glass and fill with soda water. Stir to combine. Yield: Serves 8

Look for cherry juice in the natural foods section of the market if it is not in the juice aisle. 

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