Old-Fashioned Cream Soda Syrup


Courtesy of Kate Payne

Makes 1 quart or 8 8- to 12-ounce sodas

Cream sodas are controversial in the application of true cream. This recipe doesn’t contain cream, but a splash of half-and-half in the finished soda will bridge the gap, satisfying both sides of the debate.

Super easy

Old-Fashioned Cream Soda Syrup


For 8 Person(s)


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cups raisins, roughly chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Splash half-and-half, optional

Old-Fashioned Cream Soda Syrup Directions

  1. Combine the sugar, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla bean and water in a large saucepan over low heat until the sugar granules have dissolved.
  2. Raise the heat to bring the mixture to a simmer and lower the heat, if necessary, to maintain a simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the lemon juice and cream of tartar, and whisk to combine.
  4. Cover the pan and let cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Strain the mixture into a quart mason jar and keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.
  6. Make sodas by adding ¼ cup syrup to an 8- to 12-ounce glass and topping off with club soda and a splash of half-and-half, if using.

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