Cocktail Friday: Brooklyn Egg Cream

Most people have not heard of a Brooklyn Egg Cream.

I’ve been tweeting for weeks about reviving my love for The West Wing.  It’s my favorite show pretty much EVER, and one scene recently got David and my attention.

President Bartlett is sitting in the Oval Office, and Toby (the head speechwriter) walks in.  For those not as obsessed with the show, Bartlett is from New Hampshire, and Toby is a middle-aged Jewish guy from Brooklyn.

Bartlett beams at Toby and exclaims, “I’m drinking the most glorious thing!  It’s chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer water!”

Toby looks at him and says, “Yeah, it’s called an egg cream.  We invented them in Brooklyn.”

David looked at me and said, “What the hell is it called?”

I didn’t realize that egg creams were so regional.  My dad drinks them all the time, and I promised David I would make him one.

And then I added booze.  As we are wont to do.

Brooklyn Egg Cream

  • Ice
  • 2 Tbs chocolate syrup (we used Hershey, get Fox’s U-Bet if you can, for authenticity!)
  • 2 oz cup milk (we used fat free)
  • 2 oz Frangelico
  • 4 oz seltzer
  1. First, add your syrup.
  2. Then, add your milk. 
  3. Then, add your Frangelico.
  4. Then, add your seltzer. You’re going to get some foam, so be careful!
  5. Stir, and enjoy! 

It’s super sweet and tasty, but surprisingly light, because most of the liquid is seltzer!

You can even see the bubbles.

I’ll bet you could blend this for a delicious treat, too!

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  1. I thought that was a can of Fresca’s citrus soft drink and thought for sure that this was an April Fools joke. Glad to know it’s just seltzer! And I agree with Ada, this is a grown up chocolate milk. Yum!

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