Raspberry Egg Cream

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 intention 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 just for photos.

Since I’m lazy, I’m going to send you HERE to learn about the egg cream.

Homemade Raspberry Egg CreamI made two egg creams, one to taste, and one for photos, then drink.  Of course I forgot to stir the one for the final ‘gussied up’ photo while pouring in the seltzer.  It should be creamy and uniform, which you can see in the preparation photo collage below, not mottled, 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 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.

Homemade Raspberry 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!

Homemade Raspberry 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.

Homemade Raspberry Egg Cream

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.

Homemade Raspberry Egg Cream
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!

Homemade Raspberry Egg Cream

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 is the winner! 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

Raspberry Egg Cream
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Cook time: 
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Yield: 1 egg cream
The Raspberry Reduction syrup makes enough syrup for about 3 or 4 egg creams.
Egg Cream
  • About a scant ½ cup cold whole milk *
  • bottled seltzer
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons raspberry syrup (recipe follows)
Raspberry Reduction Syrup
  • 24 ounces fresh raspberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  1. Make the 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 when ready. If you use frozen, this will take longer.
  2. 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. Pour the juice into a clean saucepan and cook down until reduced to ½ cup. It should be thick, like chocolate syrup, and will be dark blood red. Set aside until completely cool. You now have enough syrup for about 4 egg creams.
  3. Make the Raspberry Egg Cream[/b]. 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.
  4. Optional - Top with a little whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream for a healthier alternative), raspberries and chocolate, but it's really not needed. Stick in a straw and enjoy!
* skim or low -fat milk doesn't foam well, but it will still taste good. Try soy or almond milk, if you like.

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50 Responses to Raspberry Egg Cream

  1. susie says:

    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. Sue says:

    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. Shelley C says:

    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. Dan says:

    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. chef_d says:

    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. Franny says:

    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. Suz says:

    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. Sophie33 says:

    Hahahahaha,…what a great story! 😉 This drink looks fab, as do all your unique creatuins! I love the name too! 🙂

  15. Jenni says:

    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 😀

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  17. Jamie says:

    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. Andy says:

    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. TashvaL says:

    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.

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

  23. ramblingtart says:

    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. CArolyn says:

    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…. 😀

  26. Caroline says:

    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. samology says:

    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. Dinavia says:

    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. Crumbs of Love says:

    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. beti says:

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

  32. Miss Meshow says:

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

  33. Valerie says:

    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 amazing! 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. Dana says:

    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. Catherine says:

    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. Teresa says:

    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. Sandra says:

    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. Katerina says:

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

  41. Bunkycooks says:

    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. cookingrookie says:

    That’s a great drink! Yum! Beautiful clicks too 🙂

  43. Bri says:

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

  44. Liz says:

    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. Lora says:

    Egg creams and love…love it!

  46. Melanie says:

    Part 9 coming soon?

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  48. Marietta says:

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

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