Cherry Ironport

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!


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9 Responses to Cherry Ironport

  1. Ha, I have totally driven past Porter’s Place a hundred times (my nephews live like 3 minutes away). My husband always begs me to stop for a steak but I keep driving… Now I’m thinking we may need to go for that steak and see if they do serve Ironport.

    I’ve never had it and your picture looks yummy…

  2. Looks and sounds delicious! So I was trying to figure out where you live. Your “about us” section says you were in Idaho but this post says you were driving in Utah. We just moved in March from Roy, Utah (near Ogden) to Weiser, Idaho (on the Oregon border).

    • Thanks for stopping by! I just realized how incomplete my “about us” section is. I really need to update it. I grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho and I now live in Salt Lake City. :)

  3. Hi BreAna,
    I was curious about ironport, I’ve never had it before so I googled it, I did find it for sale through RSM Food Service, here’s the link.
    $11.95 for 1 gallon
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. I LOVE Ironport. It’s available here in Tooele at the Dairy Delight and I just had some today when I was downtown. It reminds me of when I was young and every little drive-in where I grew up in Cache Valley had it.

  5. OH IRONPORTS! I love them! When I lived in Logan, Utah for 4 years we would get them all the time at a restaurant called “The Bluebird” and they are amazing! I love the look on peoples faces when you try to explain to them WHAT they are, it’s great! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  6. Thanks for sharing this awesome post! I grew up in Southern California but my grandfather was born and raised in Malad, ID. Everytime we’d journey up to Malad, we’d stop by the Malad Drive In to get some Iron-port and cherry and all of us and Grandma Stella! I fell in love with it! Let me know if you ever come across anyone in the Seattle area who sells this stuff! Thanks again!

  7. The very best place to get Ironport is the Bluebird Restaurant in Logan, UT. They offer both regular and cherry Ironport. If you are coming from Salt Lake you can’t make it to Logan to get your fix, you can stop off in Layton at either Burger Stop on Gentile St. or Nielsen’s Frozen Custard on Main St. I’m super excited to hear that there are lots of other place around our great state that sell Ironport.

  8. Did iron port soda have a logo or bottled. As a child I think you could buy it in bottle. Any one got pictures.

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