Growing up in Jewish delis, there was no way I would make it to adulthood without a general craving for egg creams all the time. They're the lighter sister of milkshakes, and I love the tangy effervescence of seltzer mixed with sweet syrup. There are so many competing histories of the name "egg cream" that I'm not even going to bother putting together a list. Do yourself a favor and give up on searching for the true story behind this drink's name. It doesn't exist. Drink up!
½ cup Cold Milk
1 cup Cold Seltzer
2 tablespoons Cherry Syrup (from a jar of Maraschino Cherries)
Optional: 1 ounce Amaretto Liqueur, or Maraschino Liqueur (like Luxardo)
Add milk to glass.
Pour seltzer into glass while stirring vigorously, allowing a foamy head to form.
Pour syrup and liqueur (if using) into glass. Stir from the bottom, until just combined, leaving the head white and foamy at the top.