Growing up cream soda was a favorite of mine, but due to all the unnatural ingredients in most beverages, water is now my drink of choice on a daily basis. Recently I thought it would be fun to recreate my favorite childhood drink and turn it into something a bit more unadulterated.
Experimenting with two types of vanilla from Nielsen Massey, I came up with the recipe below. Though both varieties I tried worked well I preferred the Tahitian Vanilla over the Madagascar for it's intense aromatic vanilla taste. One thing to note is that it is important to use seltzer vs club soda if you don't want any added sodium and/or potassium.
Here's the fun part, Neilsen Massey has agreed to send one lucky reader a bottle of both their Tahitian & Madagascar Vanilla so you can try this recipe and decide for yourself which you like better. Enter below the recipe for a chance to win!
Homemade Vanilla Cream Soda
1 cup water
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Nielsen Massey Tahitian Vanilla
Add the water and sugar to a small pot and bring to a simmer, continue to cook, stirring for an additional 3 minutes, or until all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and allow to cool completely.
Syrup can be kept in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of the vanilla syrup to 8 ounces of seltzer water and stir to combine. Taste & add more syrup if needed.