YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
One of the easiest soda recipes in the bunch, this is nothing more than vanilla beans, water, and sugar combined to create that crisp, pure vanilla taste of cream soda. This is one time you’ll actually want little black specks in your drink—it’s just the seeds from the vanilla bean, which add more flavor.
1 1/2 vanilla beans
1 cup water
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise, and use a knife to scrape the seeds from the bean. Place the vanilla beans and seeds in a medium pot, along with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Transfer to a covered container and keep the vanilla bean immersed in the syrup so it continues to add flavor. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.
To make Cream Syrup: Stir 1 1/2 tablespoons Cream Soda Syrup, or to taste, into 10 ounces (1 1/4 cups) seltzer.
Helpful Hint: When you’ve finished making the syrup, don’t toss those vanilla beans out. Instead, let them dry at room temperature for a day, then throw them into your container of granulated sugar to lend a little vanilla flavor to it. Or, if you want to get fancy, add the dried vanilla pods to a food processor along with a few cups of granulated sugar to create a very vanilla sweetener.