Ice Cream Sodas

(recipe, Ina Garten)

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One year on the Fourth of July I decided that we had to grill hot dogs for lunch and have ice-cream sodas for dessert. Have lots of different syrups and ice creams on hand so guests are guaranteed their favorite flavors.


  1. Chocolate syrup (such as Hershey's)
  2. Strawberry Syrup
  3. Pure vanilla extract
  4. Heavy cream, chilled
  5. Club soda or seltzer water, chilled
  6. Vanilla ice cream
  7. Strawberry ice cream
  8. Chocolate ice cream
  9. Coffee ice cream


  1. Pour 3 tablespoons syrup or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract plus 3 tablespoons cream in a tall glass. Whisk with a fork, then slowly, while still whisking, add the club soda until the glass is three-quarters full. Add 2 scoops of ice cream, add soda to the top of the glass, and serve with a tall spoon and a straw.