Natural Soda Syrup Recipes

Soda Jerk Dispensing Soda SyrupsSoda Jerk Dispensing Soda Syrups at a Marble Soda Fountain
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Use these natural soda syrup recipes from the late 1800s to make your own refreshing carbonated sodas and soft drinks. It's easy! I'll show you how. Treat yourself to a homemade soft drink and experience the authentic taste of yesteryear.

Natural Soda Syrup Recipes

Lee's Priceless Recipes (1895) and Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets (1861)

Dispensing Sodas at a Old Time Soda FountainFountain Operator Dispensing Sodas to Thirsty Customers
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Pharmacy soda fountain operators made sodas by adding measured amounts of flavoring syrups to chilled soda water.  The soda syrups would be freshly prepared by the pharmacist's assistant each morning using these natural soda syrup recipes.

Grandma's Tip

You can also use these old time fountain syrups with your favorite homemade ice cream as tasty sundae toppings or to flavor milk shakes.

Simple Syrup is used as the basic ingredient in many natural soda syrup recipes.

Sarsaparilla Syrup

Simple syrup and nice golden syrup, equal quantities of each, and mix well; then use a few drops of oils of wintergreen and sassafras to each bottle, as used.

This mixture of golden syrup in this sarsaparilla recipe makes the sarsaparilla a beautiful dark color without other coloring.

The amounts for the desired flavors cannot be given exactly to suit everyone, but all will wish different flavors, in some towns using very high flavor, and in others sufficient to perceive it, merely. All will soon get a plan of their own, and like it better than that of others. You'll need to experiment.

Acid Fruit Syrup

The juice of any acid fruit (lemons, oranges, pineapples, grapes cherries, and so on) can be made into syrups by using 1 pound white sugar to 1 pint of juice, and adding some peel; boil 10 minutes, strain, and cork.

Excellent Cream Syrup

An excellent cream syrup is made as follows: Fresh cream, 1 pint; fresh milk, 1 pint; powdered sugar, 1 pound; mix by shaking and keep in a cool place. The addition of a few grains of bicarbonate of soda will retard souring.

Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry juice, 1 pint; simple syrup, 3 pints; solution of citric acid, 2 drams (1-1/2 teaspoons).

Lemon Syrup

Take of the juice of lemons one pint, white sugar one and a half pounds, and a little of the peel. Mix and boil a few minutes, strain, and when a little cool, bottle, and cork, for use.

Sherry Cobbler Syrup

Sherry wine, 1 pint; simple syrup, 1 pint; 1 lemon cut in thin slices; macerate (let sit) 12 hours, and strain.

Vanilla Cream Syrup

Fluid extract of vanilla, 1 ounce; simple syrup, 3 pints; cream or condensed milk, 1 pint; color with carmine (red food coloring).


Natural Soda Syrup Recipes

The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide (1915)

Almond Syrup

Put 6 ounces of pulverized sweet almonds and 2 ounces of bruised bitter almonds into a saucepan with 1 quart of water, and let them simmer for a quarter of an hour; then add 1 pound of sugar.

When dissolved, strain through a fine sieve or jelly bag, and add a teaspoonful of orange flower water.

When cold, a wineglassful of the mixture should be put into a tumbler, which should be filled up with soda or seltzer water.

Raspberry and Honey Syrup

Equal parts of maple syrup, honey, and raspberry juice. Serve solid in 8-ounce glass, using 2 ounces of syrup for the flavor, and fill glass with carbonated water.

How to Make Homemade Sodas

To make an old fashioned soda, simply add 2 to 4 tablespoonfuls of the soda syrup to a tall glass of chilled soda water to taste, and you will enjoy a delicious treat. Fountain drinks were traditionally served in a tall, fluted, frosty glass with a straw.

Adding flavored syrups to carbonated water is one of the easiest ways to make homemade soda pop. Carbonated water or soda water is available for sale in the beverage section at most food and convenience stores.

How to Make Cream Soda

When a customer ordered a Cream Soda the old time pharmacist simply added a tablespoonful of heavy cream to the flavored soda. Whipping cream will do perfectly. It makes a creamy smooth, rich-tasting beverage.

How to Make an Ice Cream Soda

To make a frosty Ice Cream Soda, the pharmacist placed a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the glass of soda and served it with a long-handled spoon and a straw. He then topped it with a red maraschino cherry. Delicious!

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