Growing up in Salem, New Hampshire there was not a lot to do. One of our hang out of choice during high school was the Barnes & Noble Cafe where we could sip drinks made by our friends behind the counters and read books or magazines we had no intentions of buying. Occasionally I would have an Italian soda flavored with a fruit syrup. When I was feeling daring I would make it a French Soda by topping it with a touch of cream.
Whether you prefer an Italian Soda, or a French Soda, they are delicious concoctions worthy of being included in this month’s non-alcoholic temperance edition of Mixology Mondy hosted by Shake, Strain & Sip. I recreated a raspberry French Soda, the taste of my youth in strip mall hell, using homemade raspberry syrup, soda water, and heavy cream.
Raspberry Simple Syrup:
– 1 cup raspberries
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1 cup water
Combine 1 cup of raspberries, 3/4 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water in a large sauce pan. Mash the berries with a fork, stir, bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer the dark red concoction for 15 minutes. Strain, bottle and chill.
Raspberry French Soda:
– 1 oz. raspberry syrup
– soda water
– heavy cream
Fill tall glass with ice. Add raspberry syrup and top off with soda water while stirring. Add a splash of heavy cream, stir, and serve.
I decreased the amount of sugar in the raspberry simple syrup by 1/4 of a cup in an attempt to allow it to have a stronger raspberry flavor, and it worked. The drink was fizzy, sweet, and creamy. My wife, Becky, loved it and stole the one I made for herself. For more great temperance inspired recipes check out this month’s MiMo roundup.
That drink looks absolutely amazing, and with so few ingredients, I think it will be easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing.
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