Homemade Cream Soda

Enjoy a throwback refresher that’s equal parts nostalgia and incredible taste! You won’t believe how easy it is to make at home — it’s the perfect sparkling drink for patios, parties, and parents who want to wow their kids with the “old-fashioned” flavour.

Prep Time
5 minutes
30 minutes chilling time
Cook Time
3 to 5 minutes
Two parfait glasses of old-fashioned cream soda on ice shown with a bottle of soda and a pitcher of strawberry simple syrup

Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Heatproof spatula OR wooden spoon

Fine mesh sieve

Airtight container (e.g. mason jar)

1-litre bottle OR pitcher

Cocktail stirrer (long) OR metal skewer OR wooden spoon

Drinking glasses x 4

4 servings / about 1½ cups (375 ml) simple syrup
  • 1¼ cup (250 g) Redpath Simply Raw™
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 5 medium strawberries or ⅓ cup (48 g), washed, hulled, and quartered (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp (1 g) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ tsp (12 ml) lemon juice
  • 3½ cups (875 ml) club soda (or sparkling water)

Step 1

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the Redpath Simply Raw™ with the water. If using, add the quartered strawberries (see Chef’s Tips). Add salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat if not using strawberries.

Step 2

If a pink colour is desired and strawberries are being used, reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 5 minutes until strawberries have released their juices. Remove from heat and cool the simple syrup to room temperature.

Step 3

Stir in the pure vanilla extract and lemon juice.

Step 4

Strain the cooled syrup into an airtight container and place it into the fridge to chill completely; 20 to 30 minutes.

For the cream soda:

Step 1

Add ½ cup (125 ml) of the chilled vanilla syrup into the bottom of a 1-litre bottle or pitcher. Slowly pour in club soda. Gently stir with a long cocktail stirrer or metal skewer if using a bottle or a wooden spoon if using a pitcher.

Step 2

Fill 4 glasses with ice. Evenly divide the cream soda into each glass. Serve immediately.

A parfait glass of old-fashioned cream soda on ice shown with a bottle of soda and pouring strawberry simple syrup from a pitcher into the glass