2½ cups sparkling water
1 cup simple syrup (see recipe below)
½ cup half and half
ice as needed
whipped cream and cherries, for garnish
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the simple syrup: Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
For the soda: Add the sparkling water, 1 cup of simple syrup, and half and half to a pitcher and stir to combine. Pour into glasses over ice and garnish with whipped cream and cherries on top, if desired.