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Clementine Cream Sodas

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup clementine juice, this was about 7 clementines, juiced, for me
  • seltzer water, for topping (about 3 to 4 ounces per glass, or whatever you’d like!)
  • vanilla ice cream, if you want a float!


  • Place the sugar, water and vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat. (Note: you can scrape the vanilla beans out or leave the pod whole – I leave it whole so they beans don’t get all throughout the syrup. Then use the pod for another drink, coffee or more syrup after!) Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and set it aside. Cool it to room temperature, then stir in the vanilla extract. You can store this sealed tight in the fridge for a week or so. You will have extra!
  • To make the sodas, stir together 3 tablespoons of the vanilla syrup with 1/3 cup of the clementine juice in the bottom of a glass with crushed ice. Fill the glass with 3 to 4 ounces of seltzer and stir. Taste and add more orange and/or syrup if you wish. Serve!
  • If you’d like to add ice cream, use a big glass. ;)

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