When I first had coffee soda at Russ & Daughters last spring, I loved it so much that it prompted some research. It's apparently a thing. But if you're not schooled in old school New York ways, let me help you out:
Do you like fizzy, refreshing beverages? Are you a little weirded out by the unrecognizable ingredients they put in most sodas? Do you secretly harbor a Diet Coke addiction from your judgmental coworkers? Do you love cream soda? That's the closest flavor comparison I can make.
If you're grossed out by the idea, you're probably thinking of hot black coffee with some fizz tossed in. This couldn't be more different. This is sweet, mellow cold brew combined with seltzer and a twist of bright lemon, perfect for summer. It's sweet and refreshing and less pungent than your typical iced coffee, but that makes it perfect for an afternoon on the balcony.
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 6 ounces plain seltzer water
Cook the coffee, sugar and vanilla over medium high heat for around 10 minutes until the mixture boils, thickens slightly and becomes a caramel brown color. Remove from heat and cool before using. Add two tablespoons of syrup to 6 ounces of seltzer water and ice to taste. Serve with a lemon twist.
Text by Theresa © Theresa Berens. Photos © Katie Currid, 2015. All rights reserved.