Meier & Frank Summer Girl Soda

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Creamy raspberry, orange and vanilla in frothy foam…with all those pastels, it’s no wonder the Meier & Frank department-store chain called this the Summer Girl Soda! According to fourth-generation Frank family-member Gerry Frank, generations of sweet-loving Frank family members pretty much ensured that the soda-fountain creations, and desserts served in the Meier-Frank department store restaurants would be worth coming back for. While the stores, and their restaurants are gone, this signature recipe–a long-time best seller–is worth reviving.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled club soda (divided)
  • 1 cup raspberry sherbet
  • 1 cup orange sherbet

Instructions

  1. Press raspberries through a sieve over a bowl. Discard seeds. Combine raspberry pulp and sugar. Stir well.
  2. Divide raspberry mixture evenly among 4 parfait glasses.
  3. Spoon 1 Tbsp ice cream into each glass; stir well.
  4.  Stir 2 Tbsp of club soda into each glass.
  5. Spoon 1/4 cup ice cream, 3/8 cup raspberry sherbet and 1/4 cup orange sherbet into each glass; pour 1/4 cup club soda over sherbets. Serve immediately.

2 thoughts on “Meier & Frank Summer Girl Soda

  1. First time I had this soda was in a soda shop in Corvallis Oregon. Because it was Oregon they tweeked it with strawberries instead of raspberries and used rainbow sherbet and orange sherbet with a lime soda (I think) because it was very green looking. They didn’t mix the sherbets by stirring because it was more layered looking than your photography. And of course they topped it with a maraschino cherry because that was invented at OSU as a doctrinal thesis when the farmers didn’t know what to do with their over abundant crop of cherries that year. You can see that in the archives at OSU. I happened to find that during a research assignment. But thank you Meier & Frank department store for getting all this rolling! either way they are wonderful and should never be lost!

    • Oh I love this story! So cool that they had variations, and I am fascinated by the maraschino cherry history! Now I’m going to try to find early pamphlets on the cherries and what recipes marketers may have come up with to promote them. Thanks so much!

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