Back when movies only cost a nickel and parents let their children run wild in the streets, the hip place for young people to pass the time was the malt shop.
There you could buy penny candy, sip soda and get a bite to eat. But the best treat of all was the Egg Cream. This drink looks like a milkshake but it really doesn't compare to anything else.
Louis Auster, one of the drinks rumored inventors, was said to serve 3,000 of these a day from his shop in Brooklyn.
Legend says the egg cream was named because real eggs were used to add thickness, but they were taken out during the Great Depression. Today most recipes don't use any egg or cream (go figure).
- 3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (Note: purists insist you should only use Fox's U-Bet syrup, but in a pinch any kind will do).
- 1/4 cup of cold whole milk or half and half
- 1 3/4 cup ice cold soda water or seltzer water
Everyone has their own favorite combination and steps to make this drink. Until you find your own, here's one we like:
- Add the milk or half and half to a glass
- Add seltzer or soda water to the glass, stirring until you almost reach the top.
- Add in the chocolate syrup. Stir the mixture until the drink has a foamy head.
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