Hazelnut Egg Cream

Hazelnut Egg Cream - An adult version of the classic soda fountain drink, kicked up with hazelnut liqueur (non-alcoholic version also). | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m really not a very picky eater, but sometimes the names of certain foods will really freak me out. For example, corned beef. Up until I made my own corned beef in Charcuterie class in culinary school, I really thought it was some sort of beef-soaking-in-corn-filled-water situation. Shudder. Of course, that’s not true at all, but I’m still pretty wary of corned beef in general.

Hazelnut Egg Cream - An adult version of the classic soda fountain drink, kicked up with hazelnut liqueur (non-alcoholic version also). | foxeslovelemons.com

A food name that I think freaks almost everyone out? Egg Cream. Raise your hand if, at one point or another, you thought this drink included an actual raw egg. I FOR SURE thought this was the case for years. Turns out, most egg creams contain neither eggs nor cream. They are actually made with milk, soda water, and a flavoring (usually vanilla or chocolate). They’re kind of an interesting way to serve milk. I mean, carbonated milk. It sounds so strange, but it’s so good!

For my at-home version, I created a hazelnut flavor using a splash of hazelnut liqueur. For a non-alcoholic version of this Hazelnut Egg Cream, simply use hazelnut-flavored syrup (like the kind you would put in a flavored coffee). For a special touch, I lined the rims of my glasses with crushed hazelnuts. Cheers to no longer being freaked out by food names!

Hazelnut Egg Cream - An adult version of the classic soda fountain drink, kicked up with hazelnut liqueur (non-alcoholic version also). | foxeslovelemons.com

Milk for this recipe was produced by members of United Dairy Industry of Michigan. For more information on UDIM and to find out why Milk Means More, visit their website and connect with them on FacebookPinterestYouTube and Twitter.

Hazelnut Egg Cream

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon crushed or very finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur or 1 tablespoon hazelnut-flavored syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Club soda

Directions:

  1. Using a pastry brush, brush maple syrup around rim of 16-ounce glass. Dip rim in hazelnuts, lightly patting so nuts adhere to rim.
  2. Place liqueur or flavored syrup, and milk, into glass and stir until very well combined. While stirring vigorously, slowly add club soda until drink comes to top of glass.

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Disclosure: This post is part of an ongoing relationship I have with The United Dairy Industry of Michigan for recipe development. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

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16 comments

  1. I’ve heard of an egg cream, but never actually had one before…now I’m dying to try it! This sounds delicious with hazelnuts and maple syrup!

  2. HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS?! I can’t wait to try it!! Pinned 🙂

  3. Whoa!!! This looks SO good!

  4. I’v always wanted to try an egg cream! This looks amazing!

    • Thanks Julie! I think nowadays, if you want to try one, you have to make it at home. I mean, unless you know of a soda fountain still in business 😉

  5. I miss living in Michigan, so many amazing restaurants, diners, drive ins, cafes, deli’s, dairy bars, bars and hangouts, thanks for sharing

  6. I’ve never heard of this but it sounds so good and refreshing. Can’t wait to give this a try…

  7. ha, – I thought this was going to be a recipe for the inside part of an Easter crème egg 🙂 — but the drink looks good too

  8. Not even gonna lie, I always assumed egg creams had eggs in them until reading this. Oops…

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