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Ice Cream Soda

Ice Cream Soda

The ice cream soda is a treat made up, typically, by mixing ice cream with either a soft drink or flavored syrup and carbonated water, often with some of the special technique to encourage the partial slashing of the ice cream itself.

Invented near the end of the 19th century, it had quickly became very popular, to such a degree that it was almost socially obligatory among teens and kids, but seen as abhorrent by many adults. It was eventually banned either entirely, or on holy days, by some local governments and giving rise to the ice cream sundae.

Ice Cream Soda


1 tablespoon of flavored syrup
2 tablespoons of milk
1 scoop of ice cream
Seltzer water
Glass which is wider at the top than bottom
Mix syrup with milk in bottom of glass.



Slide one scoop of ice cream into bottom of glass.Push into syrup mix and stir around a bit to make it frothy.Add a second scoop of ice cream, then spray the soft drink down side of glass to encourage foaminess, until full.

The more basic, modern version is to put a couple of scoops of ice cream in a glass which has a narrow bottom and wide top, add root beer, and voila: root beer float

Floats are referred to as 'spiders' in Australia ice cream and the equivalent of the popular American root beer float is the sarsaparilla spider.