If you are not a New Yorker, you may be gagging at the thought of such a drink. So, please note, a New York Egg Cream has neither eggs nor cream. So, why is it called that?
Who cares! Just try it.
Then try it again by varying the recipe until it best fits your taste.
Here is what you'll need:
- Chocolate syrup (For best results use ONLY Fox's U-Bet* - see photo)
- Milk - Chilled, straight from the fridge
- Seltzer or Club Soda - really cold and fresh
- In a really big glass (like the ones bars use to serve beer), squeeze about 1/4 inch high dollop of syrup;
- Pour 2 to 3 times as much cold milk on top of the syrup;
- Take the seltzer bottle in one hand while holding a long spoon in the other;
- Slowly pour the seltzer into the glass and stir the mixture vigorously until the glass is almost full and foam has formed on top.
Now, drink it immediately and enjoy. Pour the stuff into two smaller glasses if you need to share.
Important Note: Vary the amount of syrup and milk according to your own taste. For this reason, you may not want to share this drink until you get it right.
The Starbucks Variation:
- Add a shot of cold espresso coffee as step 5 and stir a bit more
The Stirring Technique:
Believe it or not, the final result can vary based on how you stir. Here is a recommendation from a New York web site on this topic:
"A good "soda jerk," as fountain counter servers were frequently called, would first inject a brief spurt of seltzer straight down into the syrup in order to cause it to mix with the milk. They would then fill it to the top by directing the stream against the side of the glass, to avoid creating too much foam."
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