RECIPE: Maple Cream Soda



Our relationship with maples has become a cultural artifact: growing and tapping maple trees remains a living tradition even today, when most of our other relationships with the natural world have withered away.

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RECIPE: Maple Cream Soda


  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12‒24 ounces sparkling water


  1. Mix maple syrup, flat water and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for a minute. 
  2. Remove from heat and let rest for an hour and a half, until cooled. 
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of syrup to 7 ounces of sparkling water. Serve over ice if desired.


Pro tip: you can reserve leftover syrup as a simple syrup or use it on pancakes.

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Janelle Carlson is a graduate student at the University of Bayreuth. Her work has also been featured in The Dirty Spoon, Responsibility Statecraft, and The International Journal of Yazidi Studies.
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