• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 26th, 2011, 8:32 AM

    I’m sorry if you are hot and sweaty and live nowhere near the beach. I don’t mean to rub it in—truly. Most of the time, we are socked in fog. Rent is absurdly high. Tourists clog the downtown, and oceanside traffic is beyond belief on the weekends. But, on a recent sunny day, I made my way to the Santa Monica pier, wending my way along the bike path, dodging roller bladers and Segways (See! The beach can be really lame!). Inside the beautiful old carousel building, which dates to 1916, there is now an old-timey soda fountain, where cute boys in bowties serve up sherbet and egg creams, nicely complementing the air of summertime nostalgia. I was intensely thirsty, so I sidled up to the fountain and asked for something refreshing, fruity, and not made with ice cream. The “jerk” then whipped me up a perfectly slushy ice cream soda made with orange sherbet. Topped with a dab of whipped cream, it was a drinkable 50/50 bar—pure beachy bliss.

    We’ve now been making sorbet sodas at home whenever the temperature rises about 70, spiking them with booze just to make things more interesting. Dreamy combos include chocolate sorbet with Bailey’s, and strawberry sorbet with limoncello. Here’s what you do:

    Fill a tall soda, beer or milkshake glass with two good-sized scoops of sorbet (or sherbet or ice cream) and drizzle lightly with some liqueur if you’re in the mood. Raspberry sorbet with Cointreau? Mango sorbet with creme de banana? Chocolate with peppermint schnapps? Experiment! Pour in enough seltzer or club soda to almost fill the glass, then gently muddle the sorbet with a tall spoon until the drink is foamy and slushy. Top off with seltzer, then whipped cream if you like (you will like, trust me). Stick a straw in there, and enjoy. (Rude straw-sucking noises are to be expected.)


  1. August 1st, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Forget the beach. I’m coming by your house!

  2. August 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Come by for a frozen soda!

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