Load up on ice cream! With June being National Dairy Month, this summer favorite frozen treat (usually made from dairy products), is on the calendar twice in one day. Start first with a "Splish, Splash" from the 50s to set the mood. Then, get ready to shake it up, baby!
But, so is June 30 and July 20 according to different sources on the web. June 20th is the day closest at hand so that is going to be our first celebration of (maybe, maybe not) National Ice Cream Soda Day! With the summer heat, the ice cream is already melting as soon as it is out of the freezer so let's give it a little boost with a splash of soda and celebrate!
|A Double Berry Dose of Ice Cream!|
When did this frothy beverage get its start? Robert Green invented Ice cream sodas in 1874 during Philadelphia's sesquicentennial celebration. Legend has it Mr. Green added vanilla ice cream to the soda he sold after he ran out of ice (he claims dreaming up the concoction prior to the event). Intentional or not, the sodas remained cold and were an instant hit! Green was so proud of his creation the phrase "Originator of the Ice Cream Soda" is engraved on his tombstone!
These days there are many delicious variations of the original ice cream soda, including Root Beer Floats, Boston Coolers and Purple Cows. To celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day, remember all you need is soda, a few scoops of ice cream and of course, don't forget the straw! Plop a scoop of whipped cream on top, add a cherry and ooh-la-la!
A step back in time...
On a different, yet similar note, do you remember the old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain and why the fountain attendant was called a soda 'jerk'?
Really quite simple. . .the phrase was coined after the jerking movement necessary to release the soda from the tap when pulling the soda draft arm. The Soda Jerk was similar to a bartender, except the beverages were non-alcoholic, consisting only of a soda and ice cream. The 'jerk' soon learned how to put on quite a show with a unique rhythmic movement popular from the 20s through the 50s. Watching the Soda Jerk in action became as entertaining as enjoying the frothy ice cream soda!
Click the image or HERE for some really unique recipes, i.e., Guinness Extra Stout Ice Cream Float, Pina Colada, Mango Sorbet and Ginger Beer, Espresso Bean, and MORE. Some of the recipes are sodas, while others are designated as floats. What's the difference? Some resources post ice cream floats made with various sodas. Another states ice cream soda...the ice cream is put in the glass first, then soda is poured over which could be any flavor soda (root beer, cream, orange, etc), whereas the ice cream float...the glass is (nearly) filled with soda first and a scoop of ice cream is floated on top. Whichever you prefer, just enjoy!
Shake it up! Put the cherry on top with MORE to celebrate on this day!
June 20 is also...
|Classic Vanilla Milkshake Recipe|
A Bit of Milkshake History...
The first reference to milkshake dates back to 1885. The first milkshakes were not suitable for children, because the drinks contained whiskey. At that time milkshake was similar to eggnog and it contained eggs, whiskey, milk, etc. By the 1900s eggs and whiskey were dropped and milkshake was made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrup. And the milkshake we know was born in 1922, when an employee at Chicago Walgreens added two scoops of ice cream to malted milk, that was widely used for milkshakes. Malted milkshake became popular nationwide and new varieties of the drink evolved: floating milkshake, malted milkshake and maltless milkshake. [Source: anydayguide.com]
My favorite: Cream Soda over Vanilla Ice Cream with whipped cream and cherry on top! What's yours?