Monday, June 30, 2008

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Today is National Ice Cream Soda Day

Actually, June 20 and June 30 are both listed as National Ice Cream Soda Day, depending on which website you refer to. Take your pick . . . I chose June 30 because that is today's date . . .

My personal favorite ice cream soda is a Root Beer Float.

When I was a kid, my mom and dad used to take us to one of those drive in restaurants . . . Dog N Suds . . . they made the best Root Beer Floats!

Sometimes I'll get a strong craving for one (actually one of the things that will get me out to the grocery store fast) . . . I even have the big and thick Dog N Suds mugs that I found on eBay . . . I also have A&W mugs and those awesome milk shake glasses from Steak & Shake . . . I love ice cream sodas and the glassware associated with back in the day.

Some of my glassware collection

The way I make my Root Beer Float . . . chill the mug in the freezer, fill the mug with vanilla ice cream (I like to smoosh it a bit to make it soft enough to stir around, but that is my preference) . . . carefully pour chilled root beer over the ice cream. I like to make it thick, using more ice cream than root beer, stirring the root beer in a little at a time until it is just the way I like it . . . and eat it with a spoon . . . try it some time. I guess I should just put it in the blender, but that would ruin the fun.

So Delish . . .

Other than taking your favorite flavor of ice cream and adding your favorite soda, below are two basic recipes for old fashioned ice cream sodas from back in the day . . . I remember purposely missing the school bus home so I could stop off at the drug store soda fountain on my walk home to have a strawberry ice cream soda . . . mmmmm :)

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda

1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 cup vanilla ice cream (or 1 large scoop)
club soda or seltzer water (cold)
canned whipped cream (optional)


Pour the milk into one tall 16-ounce glass.

Stir in syrup.

Add in ice cream and enough soda water or selzer to fill almost to top of glass.

Top with whipped cream if desired.

Serve with a long spoon and a big straw.

Strawberry Ice Cream Soda


strawberry jam
crushed fresh strawberries
heavy cream
strawberry ice cream
soda water
whipped cream
more berries for garnish or cherries


For each ice cream soda, put a heaping tablespoonful of strawberry jam and a heaping tablespoonful of crushed fresh strawberries in large (16 ounce size) glass. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and a big scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Fill up to 2/3 full with soda water, then add another big scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a garnish of chopped berries, if desired. Serve with straws and a long iced teaspoon.

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