Homemade Raspberry Egg Creams - Parsley, Sage, and Sweet

Homemade Raspberry Egg Creams

March 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Beverages, Dessert, Fruit, Healthy | 50 Comments
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Have you ever tried an Egg Cream?  I’m guessing most of you have if you live in the Northeast, but for those who have not, and possibly have not even heard of one, I’ll start by saying it has neither eggs nor cream in it.  The best way to describe one would be an ice cream soda minus the ice cream.  Believe it or not, this is not a bad thing, it’s a really good thing, because it’s much lower in calories and fat, although I don’t think that was the original intent when it was first created.  However, I did cheat a little and added a bit of light whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top – but trust me, it doesn’t need it, it was mainly for photos.

Since I’m lazy, I’m going to send you HERE to read about it.  They did a great job tracing the history and describing it, along with a recipe for an authentic chocolate egg cream.

Raspberry Syrup Egg CreamI made two egg creams, one to taste and one for photos then taste.  Of course I forgot to stir the one for photos while pouring the seltzer.  It should be creamy and uniform, not mottled like that, although it does look kind of cool.

Here’s the difference between mine and that one.  Remember that awesome, vibrant pink, fresh raspberry buttercream, made using a raspberry reduction syrup I filled a Valentine’s cake with in February? The raspberry reduction syrup is exactly like chocolate syrup in texture and viscosity, so I could not stop thinking about how well it might work if I used some of that syrup to make a Raspberry Egg Cream.  The only change I made to the original syrup recipe was the addition of sugar, since there’s nothing else that’s sweet in an egg cream.

It worked, except for the fact that I forgot to stir the milk/raspberry syrup combination as I poured in the seltzer, so the mottled look you see in some of the photos is because of that.  The key to a perfect egg cream is rapid stirring as you pour the seltzer.  I’d planned this one for a while and I forgot the most important part – go figure!

Raspberry Syrup Egg Cream

The first time I ever had an egg cream was not when we lived in the city..it was when we first moved to the town I grew up in NJ.  One of my first new friends was a brilliant girl, a brilliant girl who looked 9-years old, but had the maturity and intelligence of someone much older.  I loved going to her house after school because there was always something new and exciting to experience – her mind was an ocean of creativity and adventure.

Well, one of the ‘adventures’ was something we shouldn’t have done.  Her mother worked, so we were on our own until 6pm.  That gave us plenty of time to do this something we shouldn’t do – walk 3 miles to another town, a dangerous part of that town no less, where she wanted me to try the ‘best egg cream ever’.  This ‘best egg cream ever’ lived in a small luncheonette/candy store that had an old-fashioned soda fountain counter with swivel stools, and it WAS the best egg cream I ever had, even though it was my first.  It remains the best to this day, and I thank W for introducing me to the egg cream.

By the way, our egg cream venture became a regular trek when I went to her house after school, and we never got caught.

So, whether you grew up with egg creams or not, I highly recommend you give it a shot with the raspberry syrup..or, how about a mix of raspberry and chocolate syrup?  I’m going to have to try that one myself!

Now to the Winner of the $50 Visa card and Peanut Butter!  Random.Org chose…

Susan Smith, who loves Peanut Butter on an English Muffin for Breakfast.  Congrats, Susan, you will be receiving an email ASAP.  If I don’t hear back from Susan within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen, so stay tuned!

Raspberry Egg Cream
Recipe adapted from What’s Cooking America via Bonni Lee Brown, with my revisions and a different technique
Yields: One Egg Cream

About a scant 1/2 cup cold whole milk*
bottled seltzer
2 to 3 tablespoons raspberry syrup (recipe follows)

* skim or low -fat milk doesn’t as foam well, but will still taste good.  Try soy or almond milk, if you like.

Fresh Raspberry Reduction Syrup
Adapted from Making Life Delicious

Makes enough syrup for about 4 egg creams

24 ounces fresh raspberries
3/4 cup sugar

1. Make Fresh Raspberry Reduction Syrup.  In a medium to large saucepan, cook down the raspberries with sugar until they’ve broken down and released their juices..they will be floating in their own liquid – super saucy. If you use frozen, this will take longer. Strain cooked down, sweetened raspberries in a fine meshed sieve into a bowl, pressing down on them to get every bit of liquid out. You should have about 1 cup raspberry juice. Place this back in a clean saucepan, and cook down until reduced to 1/2 cup. It should be thick – like chocolate syrup, and will be dark blood red. Set aside until completely cool.

2. Make Raspberry Egg Cream. Pour the whole milk into a tall soda fountain like glass (about 16 oz). Stir in 2 tablespoons of raspberry syrup until uniform.  IMPORTANT PART – keep stirring the raspberry syrup – milk mixture, rapidly, as you pour in the seltzer. A perfect egg cream should have 1 to 2 inches of foam on top. Add an extra tablespoon of raspberry syrup, if not sweet enough.

Optional – Top with a little whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream for healthy), raspberries and chocolate, but it’s really not needed.  Stick in a straw and enjoy!

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  1. Okay girlfriend, you have got the gift! After stuffy books about historical events, important people and exotic places, I am hankering for more of the Bad Boy Love Story! It is funny and sweet, and we must be close to the same age because I can relate to so much! And I love the egg cream, we just called them sodas in the Midwest because the other stuff is pop!

  2. You are right, Lisa, I have never even HEARD of an egg cream, but I’m ready to try it and introduce it to this part of the country:) Your rasberry egg cream looks so pretty and refreshing! You are an adventurer, in more ways than one:)

  3. I love your stores but even more love this eggless raspberry cream bliss. My boys love smoothies in the am but this is decadent like a dessert on a hot day. Take care, BAM

  4. Wow, steaming hot! ;-) I can’t wait to read part 9… :-)

    That drink is lovely.



  5. I’m addicted to your story, Lisa :) Looking forward to part 9! Can’t wait!
    The raspberry egg cream looks really refreshing and delicious. I had never heard of that before.

  6. Romance, injury, goth references – I LOVE it! :) And that egg cream looks DELICIOUS… I may have to pick up some seltzer this week…

  7. I always find it fascinating when you find a name of a dish or drink, and the ingredients are not what you thought:-) This drink is so interesting, BUT looks delicious! Thank you for sharing! I now have learned two things tonight while catching up on blogs, YAY me!!! Hugs, Terra

  8. I don’t think I have ever had an egg cream before but it looks delicious. As for your love story it reads like a romance novel with a great sense of humor. Well done I look forward to the next installment to see how you get out of this “under age” mess and see how you hurt yourself again next time. Excuse me while I go “mark my territory” very funny Lisa…roflmao.

  9. I haven’t tried egg cream but it looks so so good! Can’t wait for part 9! :)

  10. I can’t tell if I’m more excited about the raspeberry egg cream recipe (looks delicious by the way) or part 8 LOL. You should be a writer…eagerly awaiting part 9 ;)

  11. Amazing story! The highs, lows and humor is addictive! Thanks for introducing me to an egg cream, i’m one that never heard of one lmao

  12. You know I don’t think I’ve ever had egg cream. It looks delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to your ongoing tale of life and love :-)

  13. Okay, fretting about the whole he still doesn’t know your real age thing. Does he find out in part 9? How does he react? OH GOD.

    I’ve never heard of an egg cream, but it looks lovely!

  14. Hahahahaha,…what a great story! ;) This drink looks fab, as do all your unique creatuins! I love the name too! :)

  15. In high school (and during the summers of college) I worked in an old 50’s diner, with a soda jerk. We served great egg creams, but a raspberry one (made with real raspberries and not something out of a jar) would be amazing! And you did a great job with part 8! :)

  16. Your posts are totally awesome! Entertaining, addictive and with the best photos ever!
    This recipe has me going high :D

    Choc Chip Uru
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  17. When when when does this breathtaking story end?! And I have never ever had an egg cream – my mom the New Yorker used to love them and my cousins enjoy them but I’ve never tasted one. I don’t like seltzer so I can’t say I’d like it but raspberry? And with a glop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings I would say Yes,please! Now hurry up with the next installment!

  18. Hi, just wanted to say, I am thoroughly enjoying the story of your first love. You can definitely tell a story, so honest but funny too! Love the egg cream, used to be an egg cream addict!

  19. I want to buy a first edition signed copy of your book, okay? Is there a sign-up form somewhere?

    Love the egg cream but I’ve always been a chocolate fan. This looks too beautiful not to try it.

  20. Love. The recipe and the story. Makes me want to tell mine but it was slightly more risque. I was 40. He was 25. Need I say more? :)

  21. I just found your blog for the first time via foodgawker, and I fell in love with the Bad Boy First Love story. I can’t wait for the rest of it.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story, Tashva. It’s been such a joy AND range of emotions, revisiting my past :)

  22. I liked this part, so so romantic! Never had the egg cream, looks incredibly delicious!

  23. Absolutely love it, Lisa. :-) It makes my heart happy that in spite of all your hilarious bumblings you got such an amazing, magical kiss. :-)

  24. Your story is awesome. So is your egg cream!

  25. I have never heard of an egg cream, but it sounds yummy! I love the pictures! :) And Lisa – I love the way the story is going – bloody knees and all…. :D

  26. My friend sent me here to read your story and wow, I love it. The way you write is so witty, refreshing and honest, and it brings back memories of my first love. You so perfectly convey every emotion, insecurity and feeling of young, first love. I’m looking forward to Part 9!

  27. Have I told you that you’ve got such a unique blog, Lisa? I love that your posts can also be so personal but at the same time include the most delicious looking pictures! The topping of your egg cream reminds me of a Black Forest cake! So delicious!

  28. never had egg cream but so want some now. Really you should publish the story, enthralling.

  29. Oh, i hope you don’t have a hard time putting up Part 9, it was too long between part 7 and part 8! Loved this part so much! Cracked up at the jelly fish part! Love the egg cream too. Grew up on the chocolate ones. Raspberry is so unique, it looks so yummy!

  30. In high school, I dated my own bad boy, who moved from Carnesie Brooklyn. My first egg cream was with him. We used to frequent a place that actually still had a counter where it was made with
    U-bet chocolate syrup….

  31. that looks simply perfect, I’ve never tried egg cream but it looks delicious

  32. Just recieved some raw whole milk and purchased some strawberries and blackberries. i will making something similar to this tomorrow.

  33. I’ve never had an egg cream, but it definitely looks good! I’m a huge raspberry fan! I’m definitely going to try this as soon as they are in season.

    Wow, this guy is so dreamy! A real teenaged fairy tale! And once again, you end on a cliffhanger that will ensure I tune in next time!

  34. Oh how I love this saga!!! And this egg cream looks amazing. Your photos are stunning!!! So crisp and clear.

  35. if you write a book let me know. You’re a great writer. I want to read more about this bad boy story!

  36. Love the egg cream..I was thinking a blueberry version would be great too, lots of berries to take advantage of with summer looming!

  37. Great story! Your writing style is very pleasing to read. You had me chuckling many times (the jelly fish sting and goth refernce was so funny). I’ll be back for the next intstallment!

  38. I just spent the better part of an hour reading every part of your story. I’m hooked. I met & dated a “bad boy” at 32, then married him! Even though you were so young, I can identify so much. Can’t wait for part 9! Love the egg cream and love your blog!

  39. Cant resist the photo with dripping whipped cream & bits of chocolate. I can only imagine how good it tastes. Love that it’s low in fat too!

  40. Great story and the egg cream looks as great! I have never heard of it but I sure do now!

  41. Love the egg cream, but please get on with the story. You need to write a book so we can stay up all day and get to the ending!! :-)

  42. That’s a great drink! Yum! Beautiful clicks too :-)

  43. I LOVE your story! So glad I found you blog through thiis yummy egg cream on Pinterest! Cant wait for the next installment!

  44. Another cliff hanger….how can you do this to us???? But you’ve thrown us another delicious bone with your egg cream (of which I’ve never tasted). It sounds like the perfect warm weather treat!

  45. Egg creams and love…love it!

  46. Part 9 coming soon?

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  48. I can’t stop reading… It’s just like a movie!

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    • Thank you, Marietta :)

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