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The Big List of Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Drink Recipes

CLASSIC SODA FOUNTAIN DRINKS

The start of it all is the Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Soda. The soda fountain soda is simple and easy to make. The only ingredients are syrup and seltzer (which is just carbonated water from a soda siphon, seltzer bottle, SodaStream carbonater or bottles from the grocery store).

A Phosphate starts as a soda fountain soda. The addition of acid phosphate transforms the simple soda into the one of a kind Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Phosphate.

Two of the most famous old fashioned soda fountain drinks are similar to what we commonly call ice cream floats today. They are the Black Cow and Brown Cow which use flavored soda. Floats are normally vanilla ice cream and flavored soda. The Black and Brown Cow use flavored soda, but they also have chocolate syrup.

Old fashioned soda fountain ice cream sodas are not quite the same as floats. Ice cream sodas use syrup and seltzer (carbonated water) rather than a flavored soda. The Black & White is a good example of a soda fountain soda.
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BLACK COW RECIPES

Black Cow # 1 Black Cow # 2 Black Cow # 3
Black Cow # 4 Black Cow Drink Black Cow Ice Cream Soda
Black Cow # 5 Black Cow # 6

BROWN COW RECIPES

Brown Cow

EGG CREAM RECIPES

Bronx Egg Cream Chocolate Egg Cream # 1 Chocolate Egg Cream # 2
Egg Cream # 1 Egg Cream # 2 Egg Cream # 3
New York Egg Cream # 1 New York Egg Cream # 2

ICE CREAM FLOAT RECIPES

Favorite floats Orange Cream Root Beer Float

LIME RICKEY RECIPES

Lime Rickey Lime Rickey Drink Lime Phosphate

MALTS or MALTED

Burn One All The Way Chocolate Malt or Malted Double Chocolate Malt - Malted
Vanilla Malt or Malted

PHOSPHATE SODAS

Soda Fountain Phosphate

SHAKE or MILKSHAKE RECIPES

Basic Shake Recipe Shake One All The Way Shake One In The Hay
Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle

SODA FOUNTAIN ICE CREAM SODAS

Black & White (soda fountain soda) Catawba Flip Chocolate Soda
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda Strawberry Soda

SODA FOUNTAIN SODAS

Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Soda

WHITE COW RECIPES

White Cow 1 White Cow 2 White Cow 3

BLACK COW RECIPES

After a lot of research we believe the most common ingredients for a "Black Cow" are
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer
As you can see from the recipes below not everyone shares our opinion. There are regional variations for any recipe and I wouldn't argue the point.

Black Cow # 1
Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • about 1 cups root beer
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Directions
Put the chocolate sauce or syrup in the bottom of a large ice cream soda glass. Add half the root beer and mix well with a long soda spoon. Add 1 scoop ice cream, then top the glass with the remaining root beer. Traditionally, the remaining scoop of ice cream is balanced on the rim of the glass-press it down firmly so it doesn't dive onto the table.
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Black Cow # 2
Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 10 oz root beer
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz whipped cream
  • maraschino cherries
Directions
Pour root beer over ice cream and chocolate syrup in a large tumbler glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw and a long spoon.
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Black Cow # 3
Ingredients

  • Root beer
  • vanilla ice cream
  • chocolate syrup
Directions
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add root beer, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.
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Black Cow # 4
Ingredients

  • Two frosty full sized beer mugs
  • One 12 ounce bottle of premium root beer
  • One bottle of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
  • Half gallon of premium vanilla ice cream
  • One can of Reddi Whip
  • Jimmies or Sprinkles
  • Marischino Cherries
Directions
Remove the frosty mugs from the freezer, and squirt a small amount of of Hersheys chocolate syrup in the bottom. Put a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream in the mug. Another squirt of chocolate syrup on top of the ice cream. Tilt the mug slightly to the side and pour the root beer in being careful to keep the foam/head to a minimum. Fill to about 3/4 of the way to the top. Use a spoon to scoop out any foam. Cover top with Reddi Whip. Sprinkle jimmies on whip cream and top with a cherry. Insert a flexi-straw and long teaspoon. Now the proper way to eat a black cow is to scoop out a little bit of ice cream, chocolate syrup, and root beer in every spoon, and then slurp up all the lovin' goodness left the bottom.
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Black Cow Drink
Ingredients

  • 10 oz Root Beer
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Syrup
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz Whipping Cream
Directions
Pour root beer over ice cream and chocolate syrup in a large tumbler glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a straw and a long spoon.
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Black Cow Ice Cream Soda
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 8 ounces root beer
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Directions
Chill a 16-ounce glass in the freezer about 5 minutes before making the soda. Place the chocolate syrup in the bottom of the chilled glass. Add about 4 ounces root beer, stirring until well blended. Add 1 scoop of ice cream. Fill the glass with the remaining root beer. Top with the remaining scoop of ice cream, pressing it onto the rim of the glass. Serve immediately.
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Black Cow # 5
Ingredients

  • 3/4 to 1 cup cold root beer
  • 3 small scoops vanilla ice cream, about 3/4 cup
  • cold club soda, optional
Directions
Fill a tall glass about 1/3 full with root beer. Add 1 scoop ice cream. Pour in about 1/4 cup more root beer. Add 2 more scoops of ice cream. Pour in enough root beer to fill glass. Serve with club soda to add for a little extra carbonation, if desired.
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Black Cow # 6
Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 4 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles root beer
Directions
In a large drink cooler or punch bowl, mix together the milk and root beer. Serve in tall glasses.
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BROWN COW RECIPES

It appears to us, that in most areas, a Black Cow becomes a Brown Cow when you use cola instead of root beer. The ingredients would be:

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cola soda
Once again there are regional differences. See Black Cow # 1 recipe and substitute cola for the root beer.

Brown Cow
Ingredients

  • Coca-Cola
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • vanilla ice-cream
Directions
Place 2 tablespoons of syrup in bottom of large glass. Add cola, stirring until liquid is within 2 inches of top of glass. Add a huge scoop of ice cream.
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EGG CREAM RECIPES

The egg cream is a New York tradition. Ironically, it doesn't have any egg or cream in it. Even so, it's still a soda fountain favorite.

Bronx Egg Cream
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (Ubet or Bosco to be authentic)
  • 5 ounces milk
  • 3 ounces seltzer water
Directions
Mix the chocolate syrup and milk together. While stirring, add the seltzer and continue stirring. For true Bronx authenticity, wipe your mouth with your sleeve afterwards.
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Chocolate Egg Cream # 1
Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. chocolate syrup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup very cold seltzer water
Directions
Place syrup in the bottom of a soda-fountain glass, then add the milk and stir well. Add the seltzer water and stir quickly. Drink right away.
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Chocolate Egg Cream # 2
Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 2/3 cup carbonated water, chilled
Directions
Pour chocolate syrup into chilled large glass. Gently stir in milk. Holding the carbonated water about 5 inches from the top of the glass, slowly pour into the glass until a thick foam comes to the top of the glass. Using a long swizzle stick, stir the mixture once quickly, make sure the foam does not bubble over the glass. Serve immediately.
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Egg Cream # 1
Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 6 oz whole milk
  • 6 oz soda water
Directions
Mix syrup and milk in a tall glass. Add soda water, and serve with a straw.
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Egg Cream # 2
Ingredients

  • 2 tbs chocolate syrup
  • 6 oz. whole milk
  • 6 oz. seltzer
Directions
Mix syrup and milk in a fountain glass. Add seltzer, serve with a straw and a smile.
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Egg Cream # 3
Ingredients

  • 2 tbls chocolate syrup, Fox's U-bet brand is preferred
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup ice-cold seltzer water
Directions
Put the chocolate syrup in the bottom of a large soda fountain glass. Add the milk and stir, blending (don't worry if a few streaks of unblended chocolate are at bottom of the glass - that's traditional.) Add the seltzer and stir vigorously. Of course the best way to add seltzer is to squirt it in with a seltzer bottle. But it's okay if you don't have a seltzer bottle, so long as the seltzer is very bubbly. A foamy head will rise to the top. Drink immediately. For more tingle and a higher head, use 1/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup of seltzer. For a richer egg cream, use half milk and half seltzer.
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New York Egg Cream # 1
Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • milk
  • seltzer, to serve
Directions
Put the chocolate syrup in a tall soda glass, fill of the glass with milk. Stir with a long spoon. Top with the seltzer and serve-the top should be very frothy.
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New York Egg Cream # 2
Ingredients

  • Approximately 1/2 cup cold whole milk
  • 1 cup bottled seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup*
  • * Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup is used in New York.
Directions
Pour 1/2 inch of cold milk into a tall soda glass. Add seltzer or club soda to within 1 inch of the top of the glass; stir vigorously with a long spoon (this will cause it to become white and bubbly with a good head of foam). Very gently pour 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup slowly down the inside of the glass; briskly stir with a long spoon only at the bottom of the glass where the chocolate sits. The resulting drink should have a dark brown bottom and a 1-inch high pure white foam top (if you mix it too much, the foam disappears). Makes 1 servings.
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ICE CREAM FLOAT RECIPES

The most common ice cream float is made with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with your choice of flavored soda.

Favorite floats
Ingredients

  • 1 large scoop ice cream, such as vanilla, raspberry, or strawberry
  • 1 small bottle flavored soda such as lime, raspberry, strawberry, root beer or cherry
Directions
Put the ice cream in the bottom of a tall soda glass. Add a parfait spoon and straws. Serve on a small saucer with the bottle of flavored soda. Each person adds soda, stirring the ice cream into the mix if preferred.
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Orange Cream
Ingredients

  • 1 scoop orange sorbet
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • orange soda
Directions
Place sorbet and vanilla ice cream in a soda-fountain glass. Slowly pour in orange soda, then top with additional scoop of orange sorbet.
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Root Beer Float
Ingredients

  • Root beer soda
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Directions
Fill a tall soda fountain glass 1/3 full with root beer. Add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream. Slowly pour more root beer down the side of the glass. This technique will give you more root beer and less foam in your glass. If you're all about the foamy head, pour the root beer over the ice cream. Whipped cream and a maraschino cherry are optional.
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LIME RICKEY RECIPES

Lime Rickey
Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 6 - 8 oz club soda
Directions
Build all ingredients in a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a spiral of lime peel, and serve.
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Lime Rickey Drink
Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz (fresh) Lime Juice
  • 8 oz Club Soda
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Directions
Build all ingredients in a collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a spiral of lime peel, and serve.
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Lime Phosphate
Ingredients

  • juice from one lime
  • 2 Tbs. simple sugar solution (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, boiled to dissolve sugar)
  • 2 cup club soda
Directions
Place sugar solution and lime juice in the bottom of a soda-fountain glass, then add club soda.
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MALTS or MALTED

A malt, malted or malted milk shake is any milkshake with malted milk powder added. Start with one tablespoon of malted milk powder for your first malt. Use more or less to suit your taste. See Burn One and Burn One All The Way.

Burn One
"Burn one" is soda jerk lingo for making a milkshake into a malt or malted with the addition of malted milk powder. Add 2 tablespoons malted milk powder to any milkshake to "burn one". Our Big List of Milkshake Recipes is here.

Burn One All The Way
In the language of the soda jerk, "burn one all the way" referred to a chocolate malted made with chocolate ice cream.
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 ounces chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tbls malted milk powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
Directions
Put all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. For a thinner malted add more milk. For a thicker malt add more ice cream.
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Chocolate Malt or Malted
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tbsp chocolate syrup like Hersheys
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Malted Milk Powder
Directions
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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Double Chocolate Malt - Malted
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup like Hersheys
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Malted Milk Powder
Directions
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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Vanilla Malt or Malted
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or 2 oz Vanilla Syrup)
  • 2 tbsp Malted Milk Powder
Directions
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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PHOSPHATE SODAS

A Phosphate Soda is made like a Soda Fountain Soda. The difference is the addition of acid phosphate. This one ingredient magically turns the ordinary soda fountain soda into the King of the Soda Fountain, the Phosphate.

Soda Fountain Phosphate
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of syrup, your choice of flavor
  • 10 oz carbonated water
  • 2 to 3 shakes of acid phosphate (1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
Directions
Put all the ingredients in a glass, stir, add ice, and you have a 12 oz old fashioned soda fountain "phosphate". (adjust syrup and acid phosphate to suit your taste)
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SHAKE or MILKSHAKE RECIPES

Shakes or milkshakes are a staple of soda fountains, malt shops and diners. The names and ingredients are a varied as the establishments that sold them. They all have these basic ingredients in common: ice cream, milk and flavoring. See the basic recipe below. For a treatise on shakes see our Milkshake page.

Shake One
"Shake one", as you may have guessed, is soda jerker for a milkshake.

Basic Shake Recipe
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces flavored syrup of your choice, or
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite flavor of ice cream topping or
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite flavor of jam or preserves
  • 1/4 cup milk
Directions
Put all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. For a thinner shake add more milk. For a thicker milk shake add more ice cream. Add more flavor ingredient if needed to suite your taste.
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Shake One All The Way
Chocolate milkshake made with chocolate ice cream
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 ounces chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
Directions
Put all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. For a thinner shake add more milk. For a thicker milk shake add more ice cream.
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Shake One In The Hay
Strawberry Milkshake
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces strawberry syrup or 1/4 cup strawberry ice cream topping or strawberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup milk
Directions
Put all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. Add more syrup or strawberry preserves to suit your taste. Can also be made with strawberry ice cream. For a thinner shake add more milk. For a thicker milk shake add more ice cream.
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Twist It, Choke It, and Make It Cackle
Soda jerk jargon defined "twist it, choke it, and make it cackle" as a chocolate malted with a raw egg. Some authors suggest the term can be added to any malt as in "burn one peach, twist it, choke It, and make it cackle". You would get a peach malted milk shake with a raw egg.
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 2 ounces chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tbls malted milk powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
Directions
Add the ice cream, syrup, malted milk powder and milk to your blender. Add the raw egg to the rest of the ingredients in the blender (without the shell of course). Blend all ingredients until smooth. For a thinner malted add more milk. For a thicker malt add more ice cream. You can also adjust the amount of malted milk powder to suit your taste.
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SODA FOUNTAIN ICE CREAM SODAS

Old fashioned soda fountain ice cream sodas are not quite the same as floats. Ice cream sodas use syrup and seltzer (carbonated water) rather than a flavored soda. The Black & White is a good example of a soda fountain ice cream soda.

Black & White (ice cream soda)
Ingredients

  • 2 Tbls chocolate syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Seltzer
Directions
Pour syrup into a tall glass. Fill half full with seltzer or club soda. Stir vigorously with a long spoon. Add ice cream. It will start foaming. If there is any room left in the glass, fill to top with more seltzer.
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Catawba Flip
The traditional flavoring is grape syrup, but grape juice will work fine.
Ingredients

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 oz grape Juice
  • Shaved ice
  • Seltzer
Directions
Put all the ingredients in a blender, except the seltzer. Blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and fill with seltzer water.
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Chocolate Soda
Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 scoop ice cream (chocolate, vanilla or other)
  • soda water (carbonated water - not club soda)
Directions
Put the syrup and the milk into the glass. Stir well. Add the ice cream. Fill the glass with soda water. Stir again.
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Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Ice Cream Soda
This is the basic recipe. You can use any syrup flavor.
Ingredients

  • 2 ounces syrup, your choice of flavor
  • Seltzer or club soda
  • 1 to 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Directions
Pour syrup into a tall glass. Fill half full with seltzer or club soda. Stir vigorously with a long spoon. Add ice cream. The ice cream will react with the carbonation and the foaming will start. If there is any room left in the glass, fill to top with more seltzer.
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Strawberry Soda
Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup strawberry syrup
  • a splash of milk
  • seltzer
  • vanilla or strawberry ice cream

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SODA FOUNTAIN SODAS

The soda fountain soda is simple and easy to make. It is composed of syrup and seltzer (which is just carbonated water from a soda siphon, seltzer bottle, SodaStream carbonater or bottles from the grocery store). Some of the most popular flavors are cola, cherry, chocolate, root beer and strawberry.

Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Soda
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of syrup, your choice of flavor
  • 10 oz carbonated water
Directions
Put syrup and carbonated water in a glass, stir, add ice, and you have a 12 oz old fashioned soda fountain soda.
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WHITE COW RECIPES

A "white cow" is soda jerk jargon for a vanilla milkshake.

White Cow 1
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces vanilla syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
Directions
Add all the ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth. For a thinner milk shake add more milk. For a thicker milk shake add more ice cream. Add a little more syrup if you really like vanilla.
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White Cow 2
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Blend until smooth. And if you like a malted shake (yum!), add 1-2 Tbs of malted milk powder to the shake.
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White Cow 3
Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Directions
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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