When I was a kid, I thought that Baskin-Robbins was just the best place to get ice cream. I remember when there was one in the mall (any of my Chattanooga people remember the BR in Northgate?) and was pretty sad when they closed. 31 flavors for the win! I loved their ice cream cakes (and though many I know think it’s a sacrilege to say this, I still prefer their actual cake & ice cream combo cakes to DQ’s ice cream and….ice cream combos) and my grandmother used to buy their ice cream pies all the time. I haven’t thought about this until literally right now, as I’m typing this, but I should really figure out how to make their mud pies and turtle pies and the like.
Anyway, I had never heard of an ice cream soda until I was probably nine or ten years old and went to a Baskin-Robbins here in town with my grandparents. I thought that “ice cream soda” sounded intriguing (I’m sure I figured it was basically a float) and I ordered it. The lady behind the counter told me, “You don’t want that. It’s not what you think. Ice cream soda is something that old people drink.” Okay…I ordered something different. But as I thought back on that exchange years later, it annoyed me a little bit. I hate when adults tell kids “you won’t like that.” Maybe I wouldn’t have, but why not let me try something different? Kids’ palates are not always as limited as we think…and I’ll get off my soapbox now.
Years later I tasted Italian soda at a coffee shop on the campus of my hometown university that I used to frequent with a friend (I was in high school still but she was in college so going to the coffee shop on campus was obviously the coolestbut sadly the place closed before I started attending school there). You know what? I discovered that I loved simple sodas made from flavored syrups and soda water. Then I remembered the ice cream soda story and decided that I did indeed like ice cream sodas and no, ice cream sodas are just “something old people drink”-maybe it’s just that they know where it’s at! Both of these syrups are made with fruit out of my yard (blueberries) or my neighbors’ yard (cherries). And when I found out that June 30th was National Ice Cream Soda Day, I knew I had to use some great ingredients to make some recipes to share with you!
If you make these sodas for National Ice Cream Soda Day, you will not regret it!
Yield: 1 soda 10 minPrep Time: 20 minCook Time: 30 minTotal Time: Ingredients Instructions Notes Prep/cook time does not include time to cool the syrups.
Yield: 1 soda
10 minPrep Time:
20 minCook Time:
30 minTotal Time:
Prep/cook time does not include time to cool the syrups.