Have you heard of Ironport? It is an old fashioned soda that was served at soda fountains in the early 1900′s. Apparently, now it is only found in my neck of the woods (Southern Idaho, Utah, Western Wyoming, and Eastern Nevada), at least according to Wikipedia (I am interested to hear if it can be found elsewhere). We used to order Cherry Ironport from Big Jud’s (a burger joint we would go to occasionally).
I had almost forgotten all about Ironport until I was driving through Lehi, Utah a few weeks ago and came across Porter’s Place. On the outside of the building there is an old sign for Ironport. I almost stopped to see if they still served Ironport…but I didn’t. If I would have realized how much it was going to consume my thoughts for the next few weeks, I would have stopped one of the 3-4 times that I happened to drive past the place and unloaded my two little ones and enjoyed a cold drink and taken a picture of the sign…but I didn’t.
So, that led me to a little Google search to see how I could make my own Ironport. (What did we do before we had the internet??) Luckily, upon reading this article in Wikipedia, I realized that I was only 5 minutes away from buying Ironport Concentrate from Orson Gygi (which is one of my favorite stores and it is completely dangerous that I live so close). And in case you don’t live around here and you are dying to make some of this deliciousness, I haven’t been able to find the concentrate online yet…but let me know if you find it.
It is way easy to make…just 5 parts sparkling water and 1 part Ironport Syrup. I like to add a bit of cherry syrup, but it is also delicious without it. You can also use the higher quality sparkling water, I just bought the cheap stuff one day.
I have to admit that I am not much of a soda drinker, but I have been craving this sweet drink a lot lately! I just had to share it with you. Hopefully you will get the chance to try some too!