Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Soda

“Doesn’t anybody make ice cream sodas any more?” asks SCP77 plaintively. Apparently it’s tough these days to find this old-fashioned favorite composed of syrup, plain soda water, ice cream, and milk or cream.

Ice cream sodas are a forgotten art, says Allstonian. “For one thing, most ice cream shops don’t have plain soda water on their soft drink fountains any more … The other big fail that I often run into is people who mix soda water and syrup, but don’t add the requisite splash of milk or half and half, so you end up with a nasty thing that resembles a float.”

Several hounds recommend the sodas at Cabot’s, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that BarmyFotheringayPhipps promptly visited to order chocolate and strawberry sodas.

“Ice cream sodas are also available in a large and an insanely large size, but even the regular size one is a generous drink topped with a big scoop of ice cream and capped with whipped cream and a cherry. My only tiniest quibble is that the soda water could have used a bit more fizz, but that’s a very fine point,” says Allstonian approvingly.

A few hounds also fondly remember “egg creams,” which are ice cream sodas minus the ice cream.

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant [Newton]
743 Washington Street, Newton
617-964-9200

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