Homemade Cream Soda
This DIY soda is as divinely creamy as the classic original and naturally sweetened with a dynamic blend. Fresh vanilla bean and a touch of cinnamon open up a depth of flavor and cream of tartar lends a luscious mouth feel.
Yields: 6 servings
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2 heaping Tbsp raisins
1 6-inch vanilla bean
1 3-inch cinnamon stick
7 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup brown sugar
3 cups filtered water
¼ tsp cream of tartar
Seltzer or soda water
Put raisins, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, maple syrup, brown sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until liquid has reduced in half. Remove from heat and let cool until comfortable to handle. Pour through a strainer and discard solids.
Mix in cream of tartar until dissolved and chill in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.
Pour 1/4 cup syrup in a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 oz chilled seltzer or soda water, and stir.
Store syrup in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 110 cal, 0 g fat, 27 g carbs, 5 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein