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Old-Fashioned Egg Cream


Old-Fashioned Egg Cream

“Egg cream” is a crazy name for a drink that contains neither eggs nor cream! Instead, it’s an old soda-fountain favorite from New York City: a light, frothy mixture of flavored milk — chocolate or vanilla — mixed with cold bubbly water. You stir it all together until the liquid foams up into a fizzy head at the top of the drink, and then drink it really fast before the foam deflates.
By Adam Ried
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 Drink

kitchen gear

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Drinking glass
  • Spoon


  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2⁄3 cup cold bubbly water


  • Put the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in the glass and stir them with the spoon until blended.
  • Add the seltzer, stir vigorously until the drink foams up a lot and has a frothy head. Drink right away, while it’s still foamy.


Chocolate Egg Cream
Put 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, the maple syrup and vanilla extract in a glass and stir together until the mixture is wet and smooth. Add the milk and stir until it looks like chocolate milk, then add the bubbly water. Stir vigorously until it foams up a lot and has a frothy head. Drink right away, while it’s still foamy.
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