And because every drinking party needs a little dessert, we've included the sweeter side of historic sipping. Although not originally an alcoholic beverage, the world's drinkers have recreated this soda fountain offering for the 21+ set. And it's not like this drink even has eggs or cream or ice cream in it, so what's a little recipe modification?
The first egg creams were first served at candy shops and soda fountains in NYC in the late 1800s, with a number of sellers claiming to have originated the milk, flavored syrup (chocolate for a Brooklyn Egg Cream, vanilla for a New York Egg Cream), and seltzer water classic. Among the names thrown around
are East Village newsstand Gem Spa (which is still open) and 19th century Yiddish actor Boris Thomashevsky
. The soda fountain frontrunner, however, seems to be Louis Auster, who reportedly invented the drink in 1890 at his candy shop in Brooklyn.
Nowadays, you can grab a classic egg cream at Ray's Candy Store in the East Village and Dun-Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn, among other sweet looking spots. If you're looking to go alcoholic though, you may have to go BYO.