Peppermint Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda

Have you guys ever had an egg cream? It’s kind of a funny thing because it’s basically a chocolate soda that doesn’t have eggs OR cream in it. Chocolate syrup, milk, and soda water are whisked together, and voila! It’s delicious.

I’m not calling this an egg cream because people feel VERY strongly about their regional foods (this one hails from Brooklyn), so I’m just calling this a peppermint chocolate soda. But it’s pretty much an egg cream.

Old fashioned chocolate soda
Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda

Ingredient Notes

  • Soda Water – You can use very cold club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water.
  • Peppermint Syrup – I like Torani. You can find flavored syrups at World Market, Amazon, US Foods CHEF’STORE (used to be Cash & Carry), or your favorite coffee shop.
  • Chocolate Syrup – I used Torani dark chocolate syrup from my grocery store, but any chocolate syrup will work.
  • Milk – Whole milk is best here.
Peppermint Egg Cream Ingredients

How to Make and Old Fashioned Chocolate Peppermint Soda

  1. In a 16 ounce glass, add a few pumps of peppermint syrup, some chocolate syrup, and a little bit of whole milk.
  1. With a long-handled spoon or whisk, whisk it together vigorously. While stirring, add some very cold soda water to fill up the glass, whisking to combine (there will be a lot of froth on top). Serve immediately.

This makes one serving, just for you. This would also be a really fun recipe to do at a party or gathering. Just set all the ingredients out on the counter and let people make their own. You could display the instructions for easy mixing!

Peppermint Egg Cream Soda

This peppermint chocolate soda would be an easy addition to an Italian Soda Bar.

Looking for other fun holiday drinks? Consider these tasty options:


  • Can I make these ahead of time? Since these require very cold milk and soda water, and you want to retain the carbonation, these chocolate sodas are best made when you are ready to serve.
  • How do I make lots of these sodas at once? Line up your serving glasses and measure each ingredient into each glass. Although I have not tried it, you could mix the peppermint syrup, chocolate syrup, and milk for your chosen quantity in a pitcher or measuring cup and then divide it among your glasses before mixing in the soda water.

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Fizzy Chocolate Soda

Peppermint Old-Fashioned Chocolate Soda

A delightful chocolate peppermint soda with a creamy froth.
Servings1 soda


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peppermint syrup3 tablespoons chocolate syrup1/4 cup very cold whole milkvery cold club soda seltzer, or sparkling water (enough to finish filling the glass, about 8-10 ounces)


  • In a 16-ounce glass, whisk together the peppermint syrup, chocolate syrup, and milk.
  • While whisking vigorously (you want to create froth!)  add the soda water to fill the glass. Serve immediately with a straw.
Course: Beverages
Author: Our Best Bites, adapted from Ina Garten
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Sara Wells

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I just wanted to say thank you!! I am hosting/organizing/creating a bridal shower. And the only thing that has had me stumped has been drinks! I loved the Italian drink idea and I am also including this one! Thanks bunches!!!!
    I am determined to have this shower unique and memorable in all aspects..this will really help!
    Jackie P

  2. Sitting at Bluebird’s soda counter and sharing a sundae was one of our favorite newlywed dates. Man, I miss Logan.

  3. Wow, never heard of chocolate soda. I must love it, cause I love chocolate. And I love your chocolate/peppermint obsession 🙂

    But I’m very sad that my browser doesn’t come up with an “Older posts” link at the bottom of the page so I can browse through what you’ve been posting for the past weeks. Do you guys have a fix for that? 🙂

  4. It’s absolutely luxurious to own a soda maker, and my SodaStream now lets me make delish things like this on a whim because I never used to keep seltzer on hand. It always went flat before I could use it. I use the SS daily, at will. Sigh. Such contentment.

  5. Sounds yummy! Gonna have to try. I keep meaning to ask this question every time I make an Italian soda: what is the difference between Club Soda, Seltzer Water, Tonic Water, and now Soda Water? Can you pretty much use them interchangeably?

  6. I have a request…. I really loved the Mother’s Day gift guide you did this year and was wondering if you had more gift ideas for Christmas? Like stuff for moms, dads, and kids? Love your site and cookbooks!

  7. Okay Kate, I know this isn’t actually the dirty diet coke post … but the peppermint syrup reminded me that I needed to tell you … I’ve tried the dirty diet coke’s in all the drive-thru’s around town and your dirty diet coke “recipe” is THE BEST!! As in … I’ve not had one near as good … anywhere. I’ve stocked my pantry with coconut syrup … it’s my favorite afternoon “treat”. You are genius 🙂

    And … i’m missing the “older posts” link at the bottom of the home tab string … are there plans to bring it back, It’s helpful to scroll thru posts newest to oldest. Thanks!

  8. This sounds delicious! Here in mid-Missouri, we call this an Italian soda. The coffee places in town market them as such. My favorite is raspberry syrup and they are made just a tad different. They place the syrup in the cup, then fill with club soda and ice and then add 1/2 and 1/2 creamer on top (you can request skim milk as option instead), mixing/blending is optional. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. This is right up my alley…chocolate and peppermint! I nearly snorted at the “grab a straw and go hide in the bathroom” line…because I have done that! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe & laugh!

  10. Interesting.. I’ve never had anything like this before (egg cream or not!). I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. I’m working in my Mom’s coffee shop today so I have all the ingredients handy. Think I will give it a try!

      1. That’s funny, because I’m in the UK and ‘soda water’ means something slightly different over here. It is carbonated water, but it’s had baking soda added to it to reduce the acidity from the carbon dioxide.
        But you’re saying it’s just regular carbonated water…? I’m glad I read the comments! Honestly, and we’re supposed to speak the same language!! Hahaha!! 😀

  12. Yummy!!! Oh I wish we could find Torani syrups around where I live!! This just sounds soo good!

    1. I know, I have to order mine. 🙁 If you’re planning on ordering a bunch of flavors, the Torani site is actually probably my go-to place because the shipping is reasonable (and often free).

  13. My Dad hails from Brooklyn. We always make egg creams when he comes to visit, it’s tradition! Never tried it with peppermint, definitely going to give it a shot. We also use Hershey’s syrup in a pinch. Have you ever gone to Sonic and ordered a chocolate rootbeer or coke? If your needing an eggcream fix it is pretty awesome!

  14. I would just like to say I LOVE the chocolate-peppermint trend going on around here! It is my absolute favorite combo this time of year. Cheers!

  15. Wow! Well, egg cream is a misnomer if I’ve ever heard one! But, whatev. This looks so delish and is going to be served up at our annual New Year’s Day blowout! Thanks!

  16. I have never had an egg cream. In fact, I must live under a rock because I have never even heard of such a thing. It sounds ridiculously delicious!