How to Make an Egg Cream

This classic New York drink, which contains neither eggs nor cream, will take you back in time to marble counters and soda shops.


  • Step 1: Pour the milk into a fountain glass Pour the milk into a large soda fountain-style glass.
  • Step 2: Add seltzer water to create a foam Slowly pour the seltzer into the center of the glass. This will produce a thick, white foam at the top of the glass.
  • TIP: If you like your egg cream extra creamy and rich, you can increase the amount of milk used to two-thirds of a cup.
  • Step 3: Add chocolate syrup Using a long-handled metal spoon, add the chocolate syrup by sliding it carefully into the glass. Try not to disturb the foam.
  • Step 4: Mix chocolate syrup into the drink With your spoon, gently mix the chocolate into the drink. Try to mix it in without stirring the foam.
  • TIP: Mixing the chocolate into the milk before adding the seltzer water can make the foam brown instead of white.
  • Step 5: Serve in a fountain glass Serve your egg cream in the fountain glass without a straw. Take a sip and enjoy this New York classic!
  • FACT: Singer-songwriter and New York native Lou Reed wrote a tribute song called "Egg Cream" for his 1996 album Set the Twilight Reeling.

You Will Need

  • 1/3 c. very cold milk
  • A large soda fountain glass
  • 2/3 c. cold seltzer water
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • A long-handled metal mixing spoon

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