Recipe: Old Fashioned Soda

When the Coons family makes a summer trip to Dairy Queen, Betony will often ask for an “old fashioned soda.” Most of the time this is met with a blank stare that begs explanation. But every once in a while a seasoned employee smiles and nods. 

It’s what Betony’s grandfather, a great man affectionately called “Daddy” (short for Daddy Goose), would order. In the treat’s simple ingredients it’s easy to be nostalgic- for a time not overcomplicated with rich flavors and too much sugar- when going to DQ actually was a rare, special event.

It’s surprising just how good that simplicity tastes.

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Old-Fashioned Soda

1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1 cup vanilla ice cream ( or 1 large scoop)

club soda (cold) or seltzer water ( cold)

canned whipped cream

maraschino cherry


Pour the milk into one tall 16-ounce glass.

Stir in syrup. Add in ice cream and enough

soda water or seltzer to fill almost to top of glass.

Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Serve with a long spoon and a big straw.

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