Summer Cocktail Series 2011

Cocktail #2: Cream Soda

2 Comments 07 July 2011

Written by Hairee Lee

Just like how I remember it . . .

Remember back when you were a kid, you slugged your way into the corner store after riding your bike around the neighborhood all summer afternoon, and you wanted, no needed, something to drink real bad, and there was the slushy machine whirring away, humming its inexorable, irresistible serenade to your thirst like some Slushy Siren Song, when you didn’t know what a Siren was let alone a song by one, but you felt that desperate pull, as strong as a hunger pang or the sexual impulse, before you knew what real hunger or sex was even.

If you were like me and you lived in Toronto, the pink stuff was cream soda and came in a pink can with the “Crush” logo blazing on the side. There’s no flavor like it: it’s vanilla, it’s bubble gum, it’s pink. It’s childhood.

Now that I’m all grown up, this week’s cocktail’s sophisticated and alcoholic take on my childhood favorite is a great way to cool down on days like today when temperatures reach the 90’s. Pair it with a plate of little sandwich cookies, the grown-up version of Oreos, and you’re set for a Happy Hour snack. We got ours from Hi-Rise Bakery in Cambridge. They fill their “Oreos” with butter cream icing.

It’s not as easy as pulling on the slushy machine, but if you can make a G&T, then this cocktail will become a staple in your summer cocktail menu just as it has become part of mine.

Cream Soda
Serves as many as you like

Incredibly easy to make and incredibly like cream soda, the flavor of this cocktail will take you back to childhood while the less sugary and more alcoholic aspects will keep you securely in adulthood. Right where you want to be really.


  • vanilla vodka
  • ginger ale
  • ice
  • mint for garnish, if you like
  • fancy cookies, if(?) you like


  1. Place ice in a tumbler or a highball glass.
  2. Add 1 part vodka and 2 parts ginger ale.
  3. Stir and enjoy. Garnish with a sprig of mint if you want to make it fancy. I personally like the less fancy look.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Rich says:

    I have a new appreciation for the short Norwich Beaker. What a great glass!

  2. Hairee Lee says:

    I know! I really liked them too. Looks like a pilsner glass but much heftier in the hand.

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