How to Make an Egg Cream

An authentic New York egg cream is made with three basic ingredients: milk, seltzer, and chocolate syrup. Despite its name, an egg cream actually contains no eggs or cream. The first egg creams were made in New York in the early 1900s when you could find a candy store or soda fountain on almost every block in Brooklyn. Sadly, as soda fountains became less and less prevalent, the egg cream fell out of popularity.

Now that we're living in an age where consumers appreciate carefully crafted beverages of all kinds, it's time that the egg cream soda made a comeback! Add this sweet, nostalgic drink to your menu for a unique treat that customers of all ages will enjoy.

What Is an Egg Cream?

Sometimes called a chocolate soda, an egg cream is a combination of whole milk, seltzer water, and chocolate syrup. The ingredients of an egg cream come together to make a sweet, creamy drink that is best enjoyed right after mixing. If left to sit for too long, the ingredients will separate. For this reason, the egg cream soda isn't a good candidate for bottling or packaging.

How to Make a New York Egg Cream

For a visual reference of how a New York egg cream drink is prepared, check out the video below:

New York Egg Cream Recipe

Making a chocolate egg cream is actually very easy and doesn't require any fancy ingredients. Unlike a malt or milkshake, you don't need a milkshake machine to mix an egg cream.


  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whole milk
  • Seltzer water
  • Chilled old-fashioned soda glass
  • Iced tea spoon


  • First fill the glass with 1/4 cup whole milk.
  • Top the milk with seltzer water, leaving at least an inch of room at the top of the glass for the fizzy head that will form.
  • Add chocolate syrup to taste, and stir the drink vigorously with an iced tea spoon.
  • Finish off your presentation with a striped straw, and your egg cream is ready to be served!

If you're looking for a unique drink idea to add to your menu, consider the egg cream. It's a new and exciting treat for your younger guests and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for your older guests.

Posted in: Recipes|By Michale LeRoy
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